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Carnivorous plants of Long Island

Matt Kaelin will be giving two lectures about

Matt Kaelin will be giving two lectures about carnivorous plants at Bayport Flower House on March 23 and 24, 2013. (Credit:

Hungry? So are some plants growing out in the wild, maybe right in your town. And they want more than just fertilizer, water and sunlight. They want meat. Really.

If this interests you and watching "Little Shop of Horrors" on Netflix over the weekend won't satisfy your, er, thirst, I've got just the show for you.

Matt Kaelin, somewhat of a carnivourous plant conoisseur, for lack of a better word, will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on the subject this weekend at the Bayport Flower House's Spring Open House (940 Montauk Hwy.. Bayport; 631-472-0014).

He'll give a lecture Saturday at 1 p.m. on "The Beauty and Diversity of Carnivouous Plants," and another at the same time on Sunday on "The Carnivorous Plants of Long Island." Expect to learn about the diversity of these native meat-eaters, their habitats and threats to their future. Kaelin will stick around post-lecture and hold a Q& A session.

Click here to see photos of carnivourous plants you can grow at home.

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