I am a professional research horticulturist at the University of Georgia. I manage 2 4,500 sqft greenhouses full of crop plants like corn, sunflowers, rice, millet, and anything else the researchers are interested in. I also manage a smaller greenhouse for teaching purposes, and it houses our CP and orchid collections as well as many other flowering plants.
I just wanted to show some pics of the plants that are a part of my daily life. We get lots of student groups of all ages, and since my specialty is CPs I love to introduce people to them and give away any stray Drosera seedpods when I can.
Thanks for the comments and IDs!! It's really a joy to work where I do and I try not to take it for granted. I want to make our CP collection one of the best in the state, since I am the first die-hard CP fanatic to work here.
sykosarah: Pests and diseases do find their way into the greenhouse frequently. I handle all the pest management and use a pretty wide array of different pesticides depending on what I'm fighting. I've tried to get really, really good at killing bugs because I hate spraying and want to use fewer chemicals. By far the CPs are the least susceptible to pests. All I ever have are mealybugs. Occasionally aphids go after the sundews.
It stands to reason that the plants that eat bugs would have fewer issues with bug pests, since they eat them. Fungi though are a big issue for them.
Actually I don't think fungi is that big of a problem either, since they inhabit wet, humid, boggy areas they seem to be somewhat resistant to fungi, though when fungi does strike they can be devastating and spread quickly. In fact I never have had a fungi problem when my plants were growing in the perfect conditions; the only time i have had fungi problems is when the plants where in bad growing conditions or where weakened by pests.