June 17 – September 1, 2017


Tropical Treasures


Welcome to the first Lasdon Conservatory exhibit.

You are standing on a forest floor surrounded by lush vegetation.  Drops of water slowly drip from the tapered leaves of low growing trees and vines.  The air is heavy with moisture.  You only see spots of dappled light emitted from the tall thick canopy of lofty trees growing overhead.  The green lushness is punctuated by brightly colored orchids and bromeliads growing from tree cavities and along low branches.  You hear the screeches, cries and calls of animals and birds as they move through their ancient, ancestral homes. 
Welcome to the rainforest.  


Opening Weekend!
Sat. and Sun., June 17 and 18
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Adult: $10
Child: $5

Grand opening weekend fees include admission to the arboretum and conservatory exhibit. Extra features will include; face painting, balloons, bracelet making, food will be available for purchase by Tastefully Yours caterers, The Shop at Lasdon will be open for gift purchases and more!

Learn about the musical culture, food and animals of the rainforest regions on Tropical Thursdays!

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Tropical Thursdays


The Music of Andes  Manta

Surround yourself with vibrant music of the Andes Mountains performed on more than 35 traditional instruments. Andes Manta captivates audiences with six-foot long panpipes, llama toenail rattles, four-foot long flutes known asmoxenos, and the haunting sounds of the rain forest. Natives of the Ecuadorian Andes, the four Lopez brothers learned their traditional folk music as it has been taught for centuries. An invitation to join Andes Manta to form an impromptu drum and rattle band is always an audience favorite.
The music of ANDES MANTA is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.



Thursday, July 13
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$25 per person

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Animal Embassy presents Rainforest Rendezous

Join Animal Embassy on a journey through the four major tropical rainforest regions of the world! We’ll explore the layers of a rainforest and meet Animal Ambassadors representative of rainforest regions around the globe. We will discuss the significance of rainforests to our everyday lives, and learn how they supply many of the foods we eat, and medicine we need. Families will meet Animal Ambassadors such as a Chinchilla, a Jungle Carpet Python, a Red-foot Tortoise, Red-eyed Tree Frogs, a large Green Iguana or Solomon Islands Monkey-tailed Skink, and an Eclectus Parrot or a Spectacled Owl.
Animal Embassy enables people of all ages to connect with the natural world with this unforgettable, interactive live animal presentation.

Thursday, July 27
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$10 adults / $5 children*

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Children 2 and under free.

The Rainforest Pantry

The Amazon´s forests, lands and waters have for millennia provided a diverse cornucopia of food and ingredients that have transformed biodiversity into gastronomic pleasure – from a log fire in the jungle to some of the best restaurants in the world. There is an almost infinite diversity of species, varieties, ingredients and uses yet to be discovered in the culturally and biologically rich world of the Amazon. With over 40,000 species of plants, at least 3,000 species of fish, and another, 3000 kinds of fruit, the Amazon larder is bursting with potential.

Thursday, August 3
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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