The Play Ground
The pineapple is the most well known of the plant family known as Bromeliads. The family contains a wide range of plants including some very un-pineapple like members such as Spanish Moss and aloes, yuccas and some green, leafy grasses. Bromeliads entered recorded history some 500 years ago when Columbus introduced the pineapple (Ananas comosus) to Spain upon return from his second voyage to the New World in 1493. Within 50 years this tropical fruit was being cultivated in India and other Old World countries. Today, they are inexpensive and easy to grow.
To learn more, head over to the annual show of the Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society. Show and sale of over 200 exotic bromeliad houseplants, including some hybrids from a Hawaii breeder rarely seen in Michigan. U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free admission. 998-7061, (248) 380-7359. August 18 & 19. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.