Friday, July 29, 2011

Volunteer Park Conservatory (Seattle): Part One, The Seasonal Display House

There is no denying that I had a wonderful time this past week up in Seattle. I could go on and on about all the reasons it was so wonderful, but I'd rather now right now. As wonderful as the whole experience was, it was not the kind of vacation that allowed me to rest and I am seriously paying heavily for that right now with my health. If it hadn't been the fling, it would have been something else, so I am not complaining. 
I did the drive back to Portland solo and this allowed me to see some other gardens before I left town. This may seem like a strange idea, but in this case, I'd planned to visit places I usually frequent. I just didn't want to visit them with anyone who was paying attention to time. 
The Volunteer Park Conservatory is a favorite place of mine to visit. Like the other two historic Victorian glasshouses open to the public on the West Coast, no matter what time of year you're there visiting, it is always amazing. First considered in 1893, the main building was not completed until 1912. Inside there are five main houses: Bromelaid, Palm, Fern, Seasonal Display and Cactus. I am doing each separately so you can see all the pretty pictures. 
The first house you actually enter into from the front door is the Palm House. This is a beautiful view from the Seasonal Display House looking back at it. During this trip I kind of rushed into this room first because a seniors group of Japanese-Americans came in for a walk and I wanted to be sure to give them enough space to get around me.
This house had a lot of annuals mixed in with sturdy perennials. The foundation plantings really consist of this large Yucca and a Sansevieria Collection.
The Yucca gigante is very impressive and while the group of senior citizens walked through the room one of the women remarked to a nurse, "Wow, that's really old. Old like us!" The younger woman could then be heard giggling as the group walked off together. I thought it was kind of funny too.
Low at the bottom you can see a really nice Sansevieria with a lot of white stripes. I guess it's a Sansevieria trifasciata 'Bantel's Sensation'. Time to put that on my fall/winter plant shopping list.
 
It's an understatement to say that these groupings are impressive. They are overwhelmingly breathtaking and I felt honored to spend some quiet time with them as though we were attending plant church together. 
So before I overwhelm you, I will leave you a taste for what beacons as you reach the Cactus House.
Awe! Those menacingly attractive little guys look a lot like buddies to me. Don't you think so too?

Volunteer Park Conservatory

4 comments:

  1. Plant church is such an apt description for how I often feel when touring a truly awesome garden! Does that make the Bloedel Reserve a plant cathedral?

    I completely understand wanting to tour gardens without someone looking at their watch.

    I really need to visit this place now. Looking forward to the rest of your posts about the places you visited on your way home.

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  2. What a lovely display of lush and beautiful plants! Thanks for the tour.

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  3. What a great place. Your photos of the displays are lovely. Very well done.

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