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Re: Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability

  • Subject: Re: Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability
  • From: "Jeremy P" <drplantman@gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 09:23:48 +1000

Dear Helmut and all those who messaged me on-list and off,

First let me thank you all for the great response I have had to my query, and apologise for my tardiness in replying to you: the volume of replies combined with work not having access to the Net for the last week has slowed me down quite a bit - I will reply to you all individually!

I'm working through all the messages and collating the suggestions into some kind of shareable format and if you would like a copy please let me know.

Helmut, I've added your suggestions to the list too, and if I am traveling your way I will definitely be in touch - thank you for the generous offer of making contact other gardens and curators!

Many thanks again to you all!


On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 1:35 PM, Helmut Reisenberger <gartenbaureisenberger@web.de> wrote:
Dear Jeremy, Dear All!

I still do not know, if my original message got through to you, because it never has been confirmed.
I want recommend to you and to all aroiders to pay a visi to the Central European (indoor)collections of aroids, including a lot of rarities.
First to be mentioned the extensive collection at the Austrian Federal Gardens, based on some original plants dating back to H.W. SchottŽs findings.
Only a few aroids are presently displayed to be seen by the public, but they have a restricted area (two greenhouses) where you might find a wide variety of Anthuriums, Monsteras and Philodendrons, some of them rarely seen in other places. A visit could be organized.

The Botanical Garden of the Vienna University (HBV), one of the oldest botanical showgrounds in the world, has not too many aroids to offer. Outstanding and spectacular are two huge climbers with adult leaves (Epipremnum pinnatum aureum, Rhaphidophora decursiva). Other rarities of aroids you might find in hidden spots. Of interest - to my opinion - are some new (unidentified) Anubias, which had been collected by one of the expert gardeners.

The Botanical Garden of the City of Linz (Upper Austria) also has some beautiful aroids to offer, like a very big Anthurium veitchii. Other aroids are spread over the undergrowth of the tropical section. Stunning for me is a huge climber at the entrance to the Orchid collection. I think it is Monstera lechleriana, but I am not to sure.

Of interest in Austria it also might be, to pay a visit to the Museum of Natural History (NHM), where they have a fine collection of drawings and paintingsm, dating back to the early days of aroid collection. Dr. Tom Croat knows a lot about this.

To the places, mentioned above, I would take you around and arrange meetings with the relevant experts.

Also to be recommended are old living plants collections in Poland, Slowakia and in the Czech Republic. These also date back to the early days of extensive botanical collection missions in the 19th century. I know some people to make contacts for a vist.

Not to forget is visit in the Botanical Garden of Munich (Germany), that had once been under the invaluable guidance of Dr. Bogner. Unfortunately I myself have never been there, but everybody talks about a comprehensive collection of aroids.

At last but not at least I would like to recommnd the Botanical Garden of the Darmstadt University (Germany), wherefrom I once got a cutting of Monstera tenuis - which recently has been in discussion in this forum. They do have a nice arrangement of tropical plants with a huge Typhonodorum lindleyanum in the middle of an indoor pond.

Finally I think this little information might be valuable for all aroid lovers. To Jeremy and to all: Do not hesitate to contact me, Helmut Reisenberger "gartenbaureisenberger@web.de", if you plan to pay a visit to this part of the world.

Good GrowinŽ

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: "brian lee" <lbmkjm@yahoo.com>
> Gesendet: 20.06.08 23:53:27
> An: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Betreff: Re: [Aroid-l] Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability

> Dear Dan,
> Aloha and mahalo for providing this link to Phipps Conservatory.  It is amazing what can be done if a garden saves it's pennies.  Do you know what the construction budget was? Was Phipps a steel baron?  I have to take a better look later to read a history of this garden.
> Perhaps Longwood Gardens would be a useful contact for Jeremy...although I know nothing about their tropical collection outside of the cascade garden that Roberto Burle Marx designed.  It is a well funded garden, however.
> Sorry to hear about your hail damage...hopefully everything will make a full recovery.
> --- On Mon, 6/16/08, Daniel Devor <plantguy@zoominternet.net> wrote:
> > From: Daniel Devor <plantguy@zoominternet.net>
> > Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Glasshouses, Botanic Gardens & sustainability
> > To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> > Date: Monday, June 16, 2008, 3:52 PM
> > Hi Jeremy,
> >
> > Check out Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.  There are
> > many, many firsts for conservatories in terms of totally
> > passive cooling so there is no HVAC, the first fuel cell in
> > the world in a conservatory, they have the first LEED
> > visitor center and they have more than 6,000 sq. ft. of
> > roof that opens to deal with the so-called GH effect.  The
> > web site that deals with this technology is at:
> > http://www.phipps.conservatory.org/greencomp1.htm
> >
> > Unfortunately, they have few aroids of any interest at all
> > as these are of very little interest to the average
> > conservatory visitor.
> >
> > Best of luck with your endeavors,
> >
> > Dan
> >
> > Dan Devor
> > Gibsonia, PA, where we had an insane hail storm today that
> > left most of my plants without leaves or radically ripped
> > up at best!!
> >
> >
> >   ----- Original Message -----
> >   From: Jeremy P
> >   To: VicAdventure mailing list ; Discussion of aroids ;
> > The AERGC Forum
> >   Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 1:19 AM
> >   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!
> >
> >   Jeremy
> >   (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
> >
> >
> >   --
> >   The Natural Ponderer
> >   http://tnponderer.blogspot.com/
> >
> >   Tropical Talk Administrator
> >   http://tropicaltalk.freeforums.org/
> >
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