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Exhibit presents international exotic flora, fauna



If you're itching to travel the world this summer, but don't necessarily have the time, money or energy, the "Passport to Plants" exhibit at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno, has you covered.

As the latest addition to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, "Passport to Plants" is an opportunity for guests to visit the exotic flora and fauna of several countries through interactive exhibits, including Brazil, Australia, Madagascar and more.

"Passport to Plants serves as an international connection to the plants and people that live thousands of miles away from Oklahoma City," said Allan Storjohann, gardens manager, in a press release. "Our goal in presenting 'Passport to Plants' is to help bridge the cultural gap between countries by exploring the botanical contributions these countries have made to the world and to society as a whole."

To further deliver the summer vacation experience, personalized passports for guests are available in the gift shop, filled with puzzles, maps and more learning activities. There's even a section for stamps that show which "countries" you've visited. 

New for 2008 is the Saturday Story Series, a storytelling and craft-making activity, once a month, free with paid admission to the Crystal Bridge.

The exhibit will run through Nov. 27. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. The conservatory is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 297-3995. "Jake Dalton

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