The Manito Park Greenhouse (conservatory) is located in the heart of Manito Park, the undisputed jewel of our city with respect to gardens. It’s worth a visit if you are planning a trip here, and it is worth a trip back to see it again if you live here. I can find new and interesting things every trip I make. There is never a shortage of material to fascinate or inspire. The Greenhouse is just across from Duncan Gardens, our most popular summer garden/annual display. Even in summer, if you visit the park be sure to go indoors to see another world of flora.
This post will feature pictures from the winter display since it is ray of hope in the dead of winter to the gardener missing vibrant blooms. Orchids, plants with amazing foliage and veins, cacti and succulents…..a tropical paradise awaits. I love the many kinds of foliage represented, and show you a few items with cool looking veins as well as the beautiful blooms that are found within.
The greenhouse also has a lot of equipment that you might barely note if you get absorbed into the plants. But it does take work as well as heat and air circulation to make the greenhouse function. They get the right soil mix for each type of plant, and they choose containers of appropriate sizes. You may note that many greenhouse plants are in fairly small containers, but most indoor plants don’t want a giant pot or they have trouble with root rot. If you copy that idea at home, your house plants will do well.
The staff of the greenhouse do a wonderful job keeping the plants healthy, which is why we have many very ancient specimens to enjoy. The barrel cactus display is one of the long term ones, and it’s a treat to behold. Thanks!