The Missouri Botanical Garden opened last night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free admission to view the blooming of the Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum).
We got there around 8:15, and (for those familiar with the Garden) the line already went out of the Linnean house, up the wheelchair ramp by the restaurant, past the fountain, and up and around the wheelchair ramp to the right of the exit from the Ridgway Visitor Center.
It took us 25 minutes to get in. Ah... we can smell the 'corpse' when as we came closer to the flower.
A lady in a Chinese family behind us said to her family in Mandarin: "Hmm.. what does this smell like? It might smell a little like durian."
I turned my head and told her, "No, no, no!"
How dare she say it smells like durian!
By the time we left, around 9 p.m., the line was back into the Ridgway Center, down the steps, and out the front door. Apparently, people really like very large, stinky flowers.