Garfield Park Conservatory

Over the July 4th holiday, I visited Chicago and its Garfield Park Conservatory.  The conservatory was established in the 1880s with the structure pictured below constructed in 1907, and designed by famous Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen. The shape of the greenhouses was meant to emulate the haystacks of the Midwest. The interior specimens were planted in forms that relate to each other naturally and create "landscapes under glass", a style that was revolutionary at the time of construction. The conservatory is one of the largest in the US at 4.5 acres, 2 of which is under glass. It is known for its extensive collection of rare palms and its popular Desert House. 

 Spathoglottis plicata, Ground Orchid

Spathoglottis plicata, Ground Orchid

 Datura stramonium, Angel's Trumpets

Datura stramonium, Angel's Trumpets

 Pedilanthus tithymaloides, Zig-Zag Plant

Pedilanthus tithymaloides, Zig-Zag Plant

 Desert House

Desert House

 Desert House

Desert House

 Welwitschia mirabilis

Welwitschia mirabilis

 Not labeled

Not labeled

 Gymnocalycium hortsii, Chin Cactus

Gymnocalycium hortsii, Chin Cactus

 Not labeled

Not labeled

 Anthurium vittariifolium, Strap Leaf Anthurium

Anthurium vittariifolium, Strap Leaf Anthurium

 Medinilla magnifica, Pink Lantern

Medinilla magnifica, Pink Lantern

 Bismarckia nobilis, Bismarck Palm

Bismarckia nobilis, Bismarck Palm

 Acalypha wilkesiana 'Macafeeana', Copper Leaf

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Macafeeana', Copper Leaf

 Aesculus parviflora, Dwarf Horse Chestnut

Aesculus parviflora, Dwarf Horse Chestnut

 Eryngium, Thistle

Eryngium, Thistle

 Astilbe

Astilbe

 Smokebush and Japanese Maple

Smokebush and Japanese Maple

 Crassula

Crassula

 Sarracenia, Pitcher Plants

Sarracenia, Pitcher Plants

 Nymphaeaceae, Water Lily

Nymphaeaceae, Water Lily

 Allium

Allium

 Espalier fruit trees

Espalier fruit trees

 Rear entrance

Rear entrance