A very nice place to visit is the McMillan Greenhouse at the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
It has a top notch rainforest display as well
as a varied collection of orchids,
bromeliads, succulents and carnivorous plants.
It's free to the public on any day.
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 -----
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 7:19 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Glasshouses, Botanic
Gardens & sustainability
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
- 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;
love your suggestions for:
- botanic gardens, universities or similar
public spaces that have a tropical collection and you consider to be a top
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!)
Tropical Talk Forum Administrator
Royal Botanic Gardens
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