Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Orleans Botanical Garden - Cactus and Succulents

For this post, I'm back at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park.

There is a collection of Cactus and Succulents in The Stove House, which was the original greenhouse in the botanical garden, built in the 1930s. Since it had heat from a boiler (hence the stove), tender plants could be propagated and housed there.

The Stove House

The view in.

The view out.
There are some wonderful specimens here and a lot is packed into this greenhouse.

I don't know much about the history of the collection which was acquired from Eugene Veillon. He was a New Orleans native, a navy veteran, and was active in several Cactus and Succulent Societies. He passed away in 2002. 

The Stove House itself is a lovely little greenhouse, with a potting/sink area at the front. The side windows open for ventilation. I can imagine that growing cactus in high humidity requires some getting used to.

I didn't quite get the names of everything - Sorry!

Pachypodium rosulatum
Monadenium ritchiei

Euphorbia decaryi
Whoa! What's that!

A beautiful AND big Adenium obesum.
Gasteria armstrongii

Not sure what this was, but it was different!


Mammillaria bombycina
Say hello to my little friend!
Euphorbia horrida v. 'Snowflake'