WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -The Coastal Land Trust held a special ceremony Friday to recognize Stanley Rehder, who planted and tended to various plants in the carnivorous garden for many years.
The organization dedicated the area as the "Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden."
"God made this area so that Venus fly traps
can grow and I want to thank Him for that," said Rehder at the ceremony.
You can get up close and personal with a Venus FlyTrap and other carnivorous plants in Wilmington on Saturday, April 28.
The Coastal Land Trust will be hosting the second annual Flytrap Frolic at the Alderman Nature Preserve.
Located behind Alderman Elementary School, the event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Stanley Rehder, who founded the nature trail and planted hundreds of flytraps by hand, will be present, as well as Phil Garwood, the "Dr. Rocks" of Cape Fear Community College.
Garwood and his students will be on site to point out the Venus Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, and Sundews.
There are several distinguishing characteristics of the Venus Flytrap.
The trap is activated when an insect brushes against bristles that grow on the surface of the leaf. The trap springs nearly shut in less than a second.
If the plant determines it has caught worthwhile food, the trap gradually seals completely shut, allowing digestion to take place. It reopens in 3 days to 2 weeks.
North Carolina designated the Venus flytrap as the official state carnivorous plant in 2005.
Though the Venus flytrap is cultivated throughout the world, it's native to only a small area of the Coastal Plain in North and South Carolina, for the most part within a 75 mile radius around Wilmington.
For more information on the Fly Trap Frolic, contact call (910) 790-4524 ext 209.
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