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UD’s exhibit at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show will offer a lesson on the value of abundant plant life as found in the Amazon rainforest.

UD’s 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit to feature plants from the Amazon

The University of Delaware exhibit at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show will provide visitors a lesson in the inherent value of abundant plant life, with a focus on useful, edible and therapeutic plants found in the Amazon rainforest.

The exhibit, which has been prepared by students and faculty members in the Design Process Practicum class and the Design and Articulture (DART) student organization, will highlight the diversity of plants found in the Amazon and the capacity of the rich ecosystem to provide medicines for ailments.

The flower show will run Feb. 28 through March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Students in the class split into three groups and each group had to design a flower show exhibit for three separate clients –When the professors were unable to choose a winner, they had Sam Lemheney — chief of shows and events for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), director of the Philadelphia Flower Show and an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) — pick the project to represent UD. He selected the project of the group that had worked with the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER).

ACEER is committed to promoting conservation of the Amazon by fostering awareness, understanding, action and transformation. In keeping with that theme, the exhibit highlights the plant life found in
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