Friday, October 14, 2011

Vanilla Cocktails and the Science Cafe

It's hard to believe, but the end of the 2011 Science Cafe series is almost here. Thursday, October 20 is the sixth and final event for the season, and we are thrilled to have Matt Richards, Atlanta Botanical Garden Conservation Coordinator, as our guest speaker. His discussion will focus on native orchids and conservation, and the event will take place in the Fuqua Orchid Center during Fest-of-Ale. Guests are invited to sample our evolutionary cocktail, which features flavoring from the vanilla orchid, and enjoy a pre-Cafe discussion.

The Orchid Display House has grown so vast that it includes species from Madagascar, Ecuador, Australia, Central America, Mexico, and Asia. You may pick up the scent of vanilla, because this comes from the seed capsule of several species of orchids of the genus Vanilla. In fact, you can find a different species of Vanilla at the base of each cedar post in the display house.

Come to this month's Science Cafe, and see how many scents and tastes you can spot in the vanilla orchid cocktail. Stick around for Matt’s discussion, and learn about the evolution of these intoxicating orchid flowers.

With the support of the Atlanta Science Tavern, the Science Cafe series is sponsored by the Center for Chemical Evolution. Science Cafe is held every third Thursday between May and October. Admission to the Garden is free for members and $18.95 for non-members and includes access to Fest-of-Ale. Evolutionary cocktails are $7, wine is $6, and beer is $5. For more information, visit

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