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Visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Sniff the Titan Arum's rotting flesh

As you enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, you may notice the intoxicating smell.

You’ll try to put your finger on it… Is it rotting meat, or perhaps a petting zoo gone horribly wrong? All you know is that it’s a bad smell.

In fact, that is the Titan Arum, poisoning the air with its rare blooming smell. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has had the Arum for quite some time, with a recent bloom in 2006. So lucky visitors who come at the right time may just get to smell one of the worst natural smells on earth, naturally emanating from the giant stalk of a flower.