This conservatory opened in 1879, making it the oldest public glass and wood greenhouse in North America. It is a city, state and national historic landmark!
It has survived a boiler explosion, earthquakes, closure for structural instability, and severe windstorm damage.
In 1999, a $25 million dollar restoration took place with the conservatory reopening in 2003.
I cannot express the sheer joy and glee I had wondering around in here. I had multiple "plantgasms".
The conservatory is broken out into sections: Potted Plants, Lowland Tropics, Highland Tropics and Aquatic Plants. There is also a special exhibit area, which I will showcase in another post.
In the Lowland Tropics, plants from low-laying tropical forests are featured. Plants from Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia.
|It's a jungle in there!|
|Pavonia strictiflora (Goethea strictiflora)|
|Nepenthes lowii 'Mulu'|
|Bulbophyllum 'Elizabeth Ann'|
The Aquatic Plants room featured plants from the Amazon and Mekong. There was a large collection of pitcher plants and Bromeliads
|A world in a bowl.|
|Pitcher Plant in bloom.|
|Globba schomburgkii (Dancing Girl Ginger)|
|A mix of Phalaenopsis|
|Tacca chantrieri (Bat Flower)|