Exotic Corpse Flower Now Blooming at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Causing a Big Stink

PITTSBURGH, PA—(Marketwired – June 08, 2016) – Tonight at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the exotic corpse flower affectionately known as “Romero” began blooming, a rare spectacle that occurs once every three to seven years. This odiferous occasion lasts for only 12 to 48 hours and fills Phipps' glasshouse with a smell to wake the dead — the pungent scent of rotting flesh. Phipps is extending its hours until 2 a.m. on Wed., June 8, to allow guests the opportunity to get a whiff of this remarkable plant. The last admission ticket for tonight, Wed., June 8, will be sold at 1 a.m. We will reopen to the public at 6 a.m. tomorrow, Thurs., June 9.

Romero's admirers can delight in branded merchandise from Phipps and a special “Drop Dead Deal” membership package for those looking to make repeated visits to monitor his pungent progress. Plus, guests are encouraged to take a “smellfie” with Romero and share their photos on social networks using the hashtag #RomeroatPhipps. Snapchat users can also apply a limited edition Romero geofilter to their images.

True to its name, the corpse flower's (Amorphophallus titanum) bloom gives off an overwhelming scent of rotting flesh in order to attract the beetles and flies that pollinate it. This master of mimicry resembles rotting meat in more ways than smell — the insides of the bloom are blood red and as it blooms, the flower heats up to about 100 degrees, several degrees above human body temperature, in order to increase the reach of its scent.

The origin of Romero's name is rooted in Pittsburgh culture. He was named for the celebrated filmmaker George A. Romero, whose 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead was filmed in the Pittsburgh region, and who made an appearance at Phipps to pose with his namesake plant the last time it bloomed in 2013.

For more information on Romero, please visit phipps.conservatory.org.

More about Amorphophallus titanum

Corpse flowers are the world's largest un–branched flower structures and typically only bloom every three to seven years. However, Romero has been hard at work restoring his energy so he can rise again. After his last dramatic display in 2013, the big stinker got some well–earned rest and went dormant for about eight months. Then, he began sending up gargantuan leaf buds that reached up to 12 feet high. The leaves soaked up energy from the sun and stored it underground in an organ called the corm. By fall 2015, the corm had gone from its dormant weight of 37 lbs. to a whopping 67 lbs., large enough to send up a new bloom, which will grow up to eight feet tall.

Corpse flowers are native only to Sumatra, Indonesia and are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. However, the most distinctive trait of this plant is not its size or global population, but its smell.

About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well–being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more: phipps.conservatory.org.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh's largest greenspaces, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city's Oakland neighborhood.

In recent decades, Phipps has evolved into one of the region's most vibrant, thriving cultural attractions, bringing fresh perspectives and artists into our historic glasshouse environment. Phipps has also become a strong advocate for advanced green–building practices, sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness.

Our Mission

To inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well–being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.

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BSH Home Appliances to Open Experience & Design Center in Chicago

IRVINE, CA—(Marketwired – June 08, 2016) – BSH Home Appliances will showcase its newest kitchen innovations in an immersive design experience when it opens the BSH Experience & Design Center in the Merchandise Mart building in Winter 2016. Located in the heart of Chicago, a mecca for architecture and design in the U.S., the BSH Experience & Design Center will offer the ultimate experience of the entire BSH portfolio — Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau — for the premium, luxury and elite luxury markets. This is the first BSH Experience & Design Center to be opened in the Midwest; it builds upon the momentum of the company's two coastal Centers, in New York City and Irvine, Calif.

“BSH Home Appliances is the only manufacturer that can offer premium, luxury and elite luxury products to the builder, architect and designer communities under one roof,” said Christofer von Nagel, President and CEO at BSH Home Appliances. Chicago's legacy in design and architecture makes the Merchandise Mart the ideal destination for our newest Experience & Design Center which will highlight the finest in BSH innovation and its array of design solutions.”

The BSH Experience Design Center will be centered in the LuxeHome on the first floor of Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Featuring immersive kitchen vignettes with the latest products from Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau, the BSH Experience Design Center at LuxeHome space will be a destination of inspiration for architects, designers, builders and homeowners. Visitors will be able to view BSH home appliances that address the needs of virtually every kitchen and home.

  • Bosch: Bosch home appliances, the premier European kitchen design brand, will showcase its award–winning suite of sleek, modern appliances. Bosch is invented for life, providing appliances to meet the needs of every kitchen. Through its modern design principles, including ergonomic design and precision technology, Bosch enhances life in the kitchen by providing a simple solution to healthy living.
  • Thermador: Thermador, the iconic American appliance brand that is the leader in luxury cooking, is celebrating its milestone 100th anniversary in 2016 and raising the bar on power and performance for 100 more by showcasing new innovations in cooking and cooling for today's culinary enthusiasts, including its groundbreaking 60″ Pro Grand® Range Collection which launches in July 2016.
  • Gaggenau: With a rich history of 333 years, Gaggenau is a manufacturer of luxury home appliances and an innovative leader in design and technology, and will present new groundbreaking innovations in steam cooking and ventilation. Exclusive culinary culture combined with timeless design, craftsmanship and carefully selected materials, the difference is Gaggenau.

“BSH Home Appliances is a superb addition to our collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation, and we are delighted to welcome them,” said Katherine Flaherty, vice president, Vornado | Merchandise Mart. “Their arrival will further establish LuxeHome as the preeminent destination for interior designers, residential architects, luxury custom home builders and consumers sourcing kitchen, bath and building products.

The BSH Experience & Design Center in Chicago's Merchandise Mart at LuxeHome will be located on the first floor at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza. Current BSH Experience & Design Centers are located in New York and Irvine, Calif. For more information on the three BSH Home Appliances brands, visit www.bosch–home.com/us/, www.thermador.com or www.gaggenau.com/us/.

About BSH Home Appliances Corporation
BSH Home Appliances Corporation manufactures and markets small and major home appliances that are known across North America for their high–quality and superior innovation. BSH sells its Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau branded products throughout North America, through distributors, independent appliance dealers, national and regional retailers, builders and large buying groups. BSH Home Appliances Corporation is a wholly–owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, headquartered in Munich, Germany, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and one of the leading companies in the sector worldwide. Manufacturing facilities are located in New Bern, North Carolina, and La Follette, Tennessee.