Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Planting Fields Conservatory

My camera malfunctioned at the end of day one , Garden Bloggers Fling . I have added the point-and-shoot to the Permanent Electronics Packing List . It was somewhat liberating to be camera-less for 2 days of garden touring, but now that I have been liberated once, I don't care to be so again. Thanks to Alison at Bonney Lassie who did in fact have the forethought to pack an extra camera , and kindly allowed me to borrow it for Saxon Holts' photo workshop on Saturday morning. Are there any people better than gardeners ? How splendid it would be if we ruled the world.

 The point here is that I was unable to take images at The Hall of Flowers in San Francisco so I am reverting to the previous weekends visit to New York -my camera was fully operational at the Planting Fields Arboretum, and this is my substitute conservatory gig.Over the years I've visited a fair number of conservatory facilities, and it seemed that they were uniformly dusty and ill-maintained spaces , full of mundane plants that were not very well cared for ; San Francisco was no exception. In 1999  an 8 year restoration began on this Victorian landmark, and I am ashamed to say this was my first visit since it reopened . It won't be my last ..and next time I'll have my camera.
 So this winding dissertation brings us back to Long Island, and a first rate glass house at the the Planting Fields.

 The bromiliad displays were particularly well done, the Spanish moss adding a romantic touch  .








All was pristine.




There was a particularly nice Begonia collection.





Nice containers too.


.Love this guy..a cycad Zamia furfuacea maybe ?




12 comments:

  1. It's nice to see another conservatory and it looks very well done. Every rainy winter I wish Portland had a nice warm conservatory to escape to...

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    1. Wouldn't that be nice Loree? I wonder if conservatories are even built anymore .

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  2. What a fabulous looking place, and the sort of planting that we love!

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    1. It had some unique elements, and though relatively small it was one of the nicest I've visited.

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  3. That was a fabulous conservatory, beautiful and beautifully maintained plants and a great collection. I think they had more bromeliads than I do, LOL. I could have swooned when I walked through the doors. Loved the different levels too. Great pics Kathy!

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    1. c'mon Deanne, NO ONE has more Bromeliads than you do !

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  4. Beautiful conservatory! I was blown away by the conservatory of flowers & you're lucky to live so close!

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    1. Glad I live close too Peter, I'm plotting a visit when my camera gets out of the hospital ..

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  5. My group marched through the Planting Fields conservatory fairly quick so I didn't get many shots. These are fabu. Definitely a well done and impeccably maintained garden feature. Although also small, I really enjoy winter trips to the conservatories at Tower Hill. Nice to have an escape relatively close by.

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    1. It was easy to get lost there, Marlene was excellent at viewing the map , though we had to ask for directions a couple of times. I wonder if we missed anything ?

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  6. Nothing like conservatory porn. You're right, this one was a stunner, as was SF's. Incredibly high levels of maintenance and care in both.

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    1. Going back to SF before the clock turns to 2014..but the camera repair is first on the agenda.

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