my secret hideaway: exposed

Good Thursday Mystical Beings!

I recently discovered the most wonderful place on Ball State’s otherwise dreary campus, thanks to my dearest Fletcher. It is especially relevant in this time of bitter cold and snow. Girlicorns do not deal well with sub-zero temperatures, trust me.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post this picture of my secret hideaway:

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, SHAME. Are we even friends?

If it is just a horrible mistake that you aren’t following me, I’m @hannahgbishop.

I forgive you.

Ah yes, the greenhouse. The Orchid Greenhouse is nestled gracefully between the small but charming Christy Woods and the power plant. It is a little difficult to get to due to all the construction over by West Quad but it is SO worth it.

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It may be cold outside, but inside the greenhouse is warm. Like, 78 degrees warm.

The greenhouse is divided into three rooms, the first of which has a Tropical Rainforest climate. AKA actual heaven. It comes complete with a turtle and various types of frogs.

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I named the turtle Harry.

Fletch and I sat in this room on a bench for a good 45 minutes just being warm

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The next room is the biggest, and holds all of the flowers and plants you could ever imagine. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the smell, which is GLORIOUS.

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Whoops, found another bench to sit on.

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It’s weird how out of touch we are with nature we are as human beings. Going to this place grounds you completely.

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Again, it’s 78 degrees in this room.

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Also, there are more species of plant then you have ever seen in your entire life.

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One of the most interesting things I discovered were these small pieces of bark with individual plants on them, fastened onto a metal grate.

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Each piece is basically an entire world, on one piece of bark. They fascinate me.

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Now last but not least, we are back to this room.

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My favorite room. They call this “The Cold Room” (63 degrees) and it mimics the environment of an Ethiopian Cloud Forest.

It. Is. MAGICAL.

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Like actually though, I think fairies live in here.

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I used to be absolutely OBSESSED with fairies when I was little, and my childhood friend Sarah can definitely attest to that. I totally believed that they were real. I thought that one day I would discover them in the forest and they would take me to their kingdom.

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But just LOOK at that magical moss overlooking a small stream. Fairies must live here.

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They live in the tendrils of this hanging plant, for sure.

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And this waterfall is definitely holding some secrets of it’s own.

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If you’re looking for a relaxing trip to paradise here on Ball State’s campus, visit the Orchid Greenhouse. Also, bring cash, because they take donations!

They even have some volunteer opportunities if you’re looking for something to do with your extra time.

You’ll know where to find me.

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Shout out to Fletch for being the best companion a Unicorn could ask for.

My next post will be very exciting, because I will be in DISNEY WORLD.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

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