Fascination of Plants Day 2017

Plant Breeding

Sponsored by the Center for Plant Science Innovation and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

Public Events

4 pm – 6 pm
Public Events Schedule

Invited High School Students

9 am – 2:30 pm
High School Student Schedule

About Fascination of Plants Day

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000.

We hope the worldwide coordinated activity of Fascination of Plants Day 2017 will plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in our collective minds that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

The goal of Fascination of Plants Day is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainability producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is our key message.

Plants in laboratory

Invited High School Students


9-11 a.m. – Beadle Center Atrium

  • Beadle Greenhouse Tour and the Green Biofuel Movement
  • Can you find a fungus on plant roots?
  • Carotenoids are colorful!
  • Grains are grains, so what's in a name?
  • Which pigments color our food rainbow?

11:15 – 11:50 a.m. – Lunch

11:50 a.m. – Bus to East Campus

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. – East Campus

  • Tour of Backyard Farmer Garden or Growth Chamber/Greenhouse – Plant a plant.
  • Herbarium & Plant Library - Mount plant specimen.

1:45 – 2:20 p.m. – Dairy Store ice cream

Public Events


4 – 6 p.m. – Beadle Center Atrium, 1901 Vine Street

  • Venus Fly Trap Feedings
  • Touch Plant Giveaway
  • HOPS Research
  • Soybean-based feedstocks for aquaculture
  • How roots sense gravity
  • Who is George Beadle, and why did he win the Nobel prize?
  • And more!
Limited free public parking in the R lot west
of the Beadle Center on 19th Street.

5 p.m. – Tour of Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum, East Campus, 38th & Holdrege St.

  • Tour begins at 5 p.m. Meet at the Gazebo located one block east of the Dairy Store on the East Campus Loop.
Maxwell Arboretum Tree

Fascination of Plants Day 2017 is coordinated by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Plant Science Innovation and the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Thank you to the faculty and staff within these departments for their support.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Plant Science
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
The Global Plant Council