And finally I have gotten my act together enough, to bring you the third part of the New York Botanical Gardens. This third installment is all about the remarkable Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
You may recall in previous photo essays we visited the New York Botanical Garden and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.
Walking towards the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a Victorian style greenhouse that was restored a few years ago and contains plants and flowers from all over the world. This alone is worth the trip to the New York Botanical Garden!
There are many flower gardens leading up to the conservatory.
I don’t know the names so if you do just let me know in the comments below.
The lawn in front of the conservatory. It originally opened in 1902 and is more than an acre. To read more about this crown jewel go here.
The conservatory was originally modeled after the Crystal Palace and the Palm House with construction being completed in 1902.
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Another view of the front lawn and beyond; that is the Seasonal walk which celebrates plants throughout the year.
By 1978 the building had fallen into disrepair and was due to be demolished for lack of money. It was with the generous contribution of Enid Haupt that it was able to be repaired. It was subsequently named after her.
One of the side domes of the conservatory. The design is “C” shaped with 11 pavilions each displaying plants from different parts of the world. I have gone from tropical to arctic plants within the space of a few steps. It is all climate controlled by a computer.
A flower in the desert section of the conservatory.
A photo taken by my daughter back when we had visited the interior of the conservatory.
In 1976 the conservatory was dedicated as a New York City landmark.
The pavilions consist of domes connected by elongated spaces.
The central pavilion and entrance to the conservatory, with its 90 foot high (27 meters) dome.
There are two ponds within the confines of the C shaped design of the conservatory.
Water lilies and lotuses fill the outdoor ponds from June till October.
Each year the conservatory exhibits The Orchid Show and the Holiday Train Show. It is a major attraction for anyone visiting the New York Botanical Gardens.
It is truly a remarkable one of a kind building. This video that takes you around the building. And if you have even more time you can view this one.
This ends my three part series on the wonders of the New York Botanical Garden. However if I should go back and discover more treasures, do not be surprised at a fourth installation.
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