Heading Indoors to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Conservatories

The weather’s terrible in New York City today (in fact, I’m home writing this because the university closed for the day), and this winter weather is making me long for spring. I thought I would take us somewhere warm, with flowers and green plants – but where should we go? How about the conservatories at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden? We can travel to multiple climate zones in a single afternoon! I’ve written about the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Bonsai Museum previously (you’ll find it here), but there are several other indoor garden spaces nearby.

As soon as we enter the conservatory complex, things are looking promising. We come across this sculpture suspended from the ceiling, made entirely of botanical materials. Doesn’t it look intriguing? The sculpture, titled Windfall, is by artist Shayne Dark. It was created using apple wood root balls and aircraft cable.

Let’s head downstairs to the conservatory entrances. First, there’s the Warm Temperate Pavilion. What geographic areas are located in warm temperate regions? The botanic garden’s website includes this list: “the Mediterranean basin; South Africa; Australia; New Zealand; Eastern Asia; western coastal regions of North America (mainly California); and western coastal regions of South America (mainly Chile).” The entrance to the pavilion makes me feel like we are exiting a cave and going back into the light.

Here are a few of the plants and flowers we spy as we stroll through the Warm Temperate Pavilion.

Next stop: the Tropical Pavilion. The Tropical Pavilion includes representative plant life from the Amazon basin in South America, as well as tropical areas of Africa and eastern Asia.

The Desert Pavilion has interesting cactus specimens – some I’ve never seen before.

Finally, let’s step into the Aquatic House, which is also home to the botanic garden’s orchids.

It might be a snowy, icy, windy day outside, but our tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Conservatory has me feeling much warmer! I hope you are staying warm as well.

The Conservatories, as well as the rest of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, are open all year around. If you’d like to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden yourself, you’ll find directions at the end of a previous post I wrote about the Garden, found here.

28 thoughts on “Heading Indoors to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Conservatories

  1. I’m sure they closed today but it would be pretty amazing to walk through some of those pavilions during this blizzard. Loved all the cactus photos from the desert pavilion.

  2. A blizzard!!! Not something I’ve experienced, and far away from 20Β°+ at the beach! A beautiful post. Every time I see cactus I understand why some people are passionate cactus collectors: shapes and patterning are spectacular, and they’re such a contrast to the disciplined structuring of orchids. The light in the cactus pavilion is particularly beautiful.

    1. Thankfully we didn’t get as much snow as they originally forecasted, although areas outside of the city got a lot more. I love the cactus as well – one reason it had more photos than anything else!
      I guess you are home now? Hopefully your travels went well, even if it was hard to leave everyone in Poland.

  3. Botanical gardens are getting more and more interesting as I get older. Do I still kinda wish a dinosaur would peek its head out of the foliage? Of course. But still. Those cacti are awesome.
    Great post.

  4. Wonderful – I can smell the earthy moistness of the glasshouses. Lovely pictures. I love visiting botanical gardens, and this will be on my ever extending list of things to do in NYC if and when we next visit.

  5. One of my favorite escapes in NYC! I spent a summer taking a course there called “What Did a Plant Ever Do For You?” It was informative, calming, and therapeutic. Favorite spot is up on a hill above the Japanese Garden.

  6. Stretching luxuriantly in all that warmth! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ We usually get the tail end of your weather system a week later and sure enough the forecast for the next couple of days isn’t good, but not so extreme. Someone was telling me that when the Gulf Stream finally moves off we’ll have the same weather as you. Perish the thought! I’ll have to move south πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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