Exploring Plants at COSI

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Be sure to visit Big Science Park during your next trip to COSI. There you will see our new container garden featuring a variety of herbs and produce. This garden, which was made possible thanks to support from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy Fund of The Columbus Foundation, was created in partnership with the George Washington Carver Food Research Institute.  Some of the produce harvested from the garden will be used to feed COSI’s animal collection. Any additional produce will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. We hope you will enjoy watching our garden grow this summer and fall.

You can continue your exploration of plants with a visit to our Ohio native prairie, also located in Big Science Park. Prairies are an important habitat for many species of native wildlife. While you might not be ready to turn your backyard landscape into a full-fledged prairie, a stroll through ours may inspire you to include some beautiful Ohio native plants int your landscape. In addition to providing food and shelter for wildlife, native plants require less maintenance than non-native plant species.

Finally, round out your exploration of plants with a visit to COSI’s rain garden, located to the left of the main entrance of the building. This beautiful garden not only provides a great place to relax on a sunny day, it offers a variety of environmental benefits. Rain gardens help to filter pollutants from storm water runoff, reduce flooding, recharge the groundwater supply and provide habitat. These are just some of the benefits of adding a rain garden to your landscape.

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Courtney Price

Courtney Price joined the COSI team in January, 2013 as the Director of Energy & Environmental Initiatives. Courtney enjoys gardening (at home and in the Team Garden at COSI), jogging, camping and spending time with her three pets, all adopted from local shelters.

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