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Re: Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability

  • Subject: Re: Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability
  • From: "Windy Aubrey" <exotics@hawaii.rr.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:42:41 -1000

Hi Jeremy,
I'm not sure if anyone has suggested The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
I visited there a little over two years ago, and they had recently rebuilt their Tropical Conservatory.  It was planted full of aroid specimens, and included one area called the 'Cloud Forest' that replicated a misty jungle beautifully.  The reconstruction was fantastic, and the plants were wonderful.  
I look forward to revisiting the Huntington the next time I am in Southern California.
----- Original Message -----
From: Jeremy P
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 7:19 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability

Hello Everyone,

I have a few quick questions for you, and if you could spare 5 minutes to make some suggestions I'd be most appreciative! I'm putting together a potential study tour for myself, focusing on sustainability in design and practice in glasshouses & nurseries - primarily those in botanic gardens, universities & similar organisations. I'm looking globally, and would love your thoughts on the following:

- institutes or similar places that have glasshouses &/or nurseries built on sustainable principles;
- any new projects/buildings/places being built that incorporate sustainability and responsible resource use into the design, or even better, are primarily focused on these principles;

I'd also love your suggestions for:
- botanic gardens, universities or similar public spaces that have a tropical collection and you consider to be a top rate destination;

I'll be collating all the feedback I get and can send it on to interested bods. I'll also post it on the Tropical Talk Forum (see link below). And remember: the suggestion you may think is too obvious or simple may just be the one I'm looking for! So please don't hold back on sending your thoughts through...

Many thanks for your time and ideas!

(and if this trip comes off I might just be able to get around to visiting some of you!)

Jeremy Prentice
Horticultural Technician (Nursery)
Tropical Talk Forum Administrator
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

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