Borough President Marty Markowitz Proclaims "Baby the Corpse Flower Bloom Day." Congratulations are in order! The bloom should last 2 or 3 days. I expect Saturday to be a mad house. I don't know about you folks, but I'm off to the Gardens! Smell ya later.
UPDATE: BBG Baby Video now available!
"Baby" has two fathers:
Alessandro Chiari has been the plant propagator at BBG since 1998. He has an MS in Tropical Agriculture from the University of Florence, Italy, and a Ph.D in Plant Science from the University of Connecticut. Before coming to the United States, Alessandro worked in the field of horticulture in Zambia, Paraguay, Chile, and Italy.
Mark Fisher is foreman of the Steinhardt Conservatory and curator of the Tropical Pavilion at BBG. He has been at the Garden since 1984. He has a BS in ornamental horticulture from Colorado State University.