Saturday afternoon, Blog Widow and I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for an afternoon of Wicked Plants: a tour led by Amy Stewart, a book signing, and a cake baked for the occasion.
Amy Stewart, rigged with portable amplification
Ricinus communis, Castor Bean plant
Book purchase display
The CakeA Wicked Cake enters the Lily Pool Terrace
"Everything is edible, except the boards," said one of the cake wranglers. Well, that and the stems of the flowers.
The flowers were incredibly lifelike.
It's hard to justify eating artistry like this. But it was a hot and humid day, so what can you do?!
Amy regards a Tulip before taking a bite of it.
Blog Widow peals a petal off a Tulip. It tasted vaguely like wax lips. Technically edible.
The base was seven layers of chocolate and vanilla cake with mocha cream. Delicious, and worth the wait.
Glam ShotsNot everything we saw that day was wicked.
Hens and Chicks
Okay, wicked, but kinda cool, huh?
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LinksWicked Plants, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Wicked Plants, Amy Stewart
Pretty Poison: Plants to Die For, CBS News Sunday Morning, 2009-08-02