Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago
Today I took a trip with a friend of a friend of a friend to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It’s no where near as big as the Garfield Park Conservatory but it’s still a lovely time. It was built in the 1890’s and has a much darker and industrial look than the conservatory in Saint Paul.
I don’t really know a ton about the history of the building but if you want to read about it here is the wikipedia page. There is also a lily pool done in the Prairie style of landscape architecture that I still have never seen (but desperately want to…this summer I WILL go see it!). Anyways enough talk, time for plant pictures!
I love the look of the blue glass chips scattered among the neon pothos and golden duranta. It’s a lot more obvious in person.
I wish I took a picture of the sign for this one…it was labeled “Bromeliad flowered palm” but I don’t remember the Latin name and of course can’t find any info for it online.
The fern room (are all conservatories required to have a fern room and a palm dome? I have yet to visit one that doesn’t have both of these). I’m not complaining, I love ferns as much as the next guy but I feel like cacti and aquatics get the shaft when it comes to conservatory space.
The Orchid room didn’t have a ton of excitement this trip. I did learn two new plants though and I think I’ve fallen head over heals for Combretum grandflorum (the vine with the orange new growth). I love plants that incorporate orange into their foliage (does that make me weird?).
The other plant I really liked was (labeled as but I’m still not really sure that is what it is) Anthurium polystichum. I’ve never heard of a vining Anthurium before and I really liked the laciness of it.
I have more pictures to post but I’m starving and Michael will be home from work soon so I’m going to go make dinner.