In the Holiday Train Show, through January 19 – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Posts Tagged ‘Conservatory’
It may be known as the “red-coned cycad,” but this Conservatory star is occasionally fond of orange, too.
Red-coned cycad (Encephalartos ferox) in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
It’s a jungle out there. Or at least a plush and thriving Perennial Garden in summer out there.
The Conservatory dome from the Perennial Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Walt Whitman once wrote, “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” For a poet who glimpsed a universe of wonders in a mere sidewalk weed, his beard might have dropped off in amazement had he fixed his gaze upon little Aloe rauhii. Before turf-lovers get upset, it is not my intention to besmirch your lawns, good sirs and madams. Like Whitman, though far less eloquently, I simply hope to call your attention to the marvel of smaller things. Things that, perhaps, you might just miss. In a glasshouse like the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—exploding with bold textures, extravagant colors and flowers that often flirt with the ostentatious—occasionally missing small things is a forgivable offense.
What was it that I said recently about the lotus blossoms not being far behind the Nymphaea? The Conservatory pools are far from the proverbial mud that the lotus is famous for emerging from, yet the persevering beauty of these plants is nonetheless potent.
Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) in the Conservatory Pools – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen