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Excerpted from Botanic Garden News   Date: 12/11/13 Bookmark and Share

Smart Phone Lyman Conservatory Tour

By Madelaine Zadik, Botanic Garden


Many who have visited the Lyman Plant House in recent years know that it offers a wonderful audio tour of the conservatory. Members of the Friends of the Botanic Garden can borrow an audio “wand” for free at the reception desk. The tour has stops designed for both adults and kids, although it’s fun for everyone to listen to either.

Modern technology now enables us to make the tour available to anyone with a smart phone, through QR codes (QR stands for quick response). These are two-dimensional bar doces that when scanned with your smart phone take you to web pages that play the audio files on your phone (you will need to download a free QR code reader app).

Last year one of our interns, Brittany Innis ’13, worked on turning our audio files into a format that works on the internet, and she created all the QR codes to make the system work.

By the way, you will also see two-dimensional bar codes on our plant labels in the greenhouses. These provide information on the plants’ accession numbers, and we use them to inventory the collection. They do not provide visitors with any information, however.

Take out your phone now and try out a sampling of the tour. Use the QR codes below to listen to some of the audio tour wherever you are! Be sure to check out the full tour on your next visit.

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