Berlin Botanical Garden, Cactus House.
Burro’s Tail cactus (Sedum morganianum) in a hanging basket, is one of my favorite plants for just this reason. Low maintenance, no disease problems, and architecturally stunning. It will live in the same basket for years and years. (In Georgia, we must over-winter these plants, and bring them back outside after all danger of frost has passed.)
The Palm House in the palace park at Schönbrunn Palace, Hietzing, Vienna.
Commissioned in 1882 by Emperor Franz Joseph. Architect: Franz Segenschmid. It is the largest palm house on the European continent, consisting of 45,000 panes of glass. The Palm House is divided into three pavilions, each with its own climate zone, which are connected by tunnel-like corridors.
Photos: Rhiannon Boyle, flickr.
I confess. It’s true. I (still) have a fetish for forcing bulbs in winter.
Dale Chihuly. Always amazing.
Persian Pond (2001-02), Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago.
Ficus carica (the plants) makes a breathtaking display of aerial greenery filling the glass dome of what was once a chapel. Tradition has it that the dome was built round the tree.
Forcing paperwhites and amaryllis, favorite Christmas pastime.
Amaryllis, from the Wallace Gardens conservatory.
A few vases from my personal Paperwhite collection. Bloom, Baby, bloom!