Fairchild has a "Windows to the Tropics Conservatory". The Conservatory houses tropical botanical collections that would suffer in Miami's outside environment. The enclosed areas of the conservatory maintain a temperature of at least 55°F, preventing cold damage on some of Fairchild's rarest specimens. It also maintains the optimum soil conditions for the collection.
Upon stepping into the conservatory, this is what we saw:
The art work is called "End Of The Day Tower", created by Artist Dale Chihuly. The tower is made out of the various colored parts not used in the other chandeliers. Thus, it was made at the end of the day, or at the end of the project. The tower is situated in the middle of the entry in a small pond surrounded by all tropical plants. Only I can not find a picture with a broader view.
Among the lush green of the tropical plants, something really drew my attention.
Do you notice the red flowers close to the bottom of that small tree? Here is a close look.
|Tapeinochilos Ananassae (Indonesian Wax Ginger )|
Wandering in the conservatory, everything is so lush and beautiful. I am like a kid in the Disney World, excited and amazed by all the surroundings.
Look how big are these alocasia leaves!
What happened to this Anthurium? Two different colors of leaves on the same plant!
One of my favorites, the Tree Fern! I so wanted to have one in my own garden, but I don't think I have a suitable place for it. It not only needs space, also needs some shade, both are lacking from my garden.
Ooh, how about this palm? This salacca magnifica is a clustering spiny palm, which doesn't trunk. It has very long and undivided leaves. It is said that its fruit is ediable. If anybody has this palm grown in their garden, it surely makes a very tropical statement!
Here is again a display of Dale Chihuly's art work: "Copper Frog Foot Ikebana: Stem and Lapis Blue Split Bud". Chihuly grew up surrounded by flowers. His mother had a passion for gardening. This is one of his series of elongated stems and blossoms, called Ikebana, after the stylized beauty of Japanese floral arrangements.
The plant on the left with giant rounded leaves and white flowers is lotus leaved begonia. I found Fairchild has a nice collection of begonias as well, which is my new favorite developed recently :)
Here are a few shots of the begonias I found in the garden, far from the complete though.
I believe this is either dragon wing or angel wing begonia...
This begonia is grown majorly for its colorful foliage.
|Begonia 'Simple Simon'|
This bird's nest fern with wrinkled leaves is different from what I have in my own garden.
|Asplenium Nidus (Bird's Nest Fern)|
Their display room features potted plants supplied by two greenhouses. The plants are rotated through the season.
This 40 foot long Tillandsia screen that displays plants suspended in mid-air really impressed me.
I noticed those pots in front of the Tillandsia screen only after I came home and browsed the pictures. Are those "Nun's orchids" ? How can I even have missed that?! I guess with so many eye candies in one room, my two eyes are just not quick enough to digest them any more :)
Have you had enough yet? I will save some for the last part of this tour. Stay tuned :)
For Part One of this garden tour, please click here.
For Part Three of this garden tour, please click here.