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Glasshouses — Photo Collection

A collection of photos of glasshouses (greenhouses) in London, Washington DC, Chicago, New York City/Brooklyn and San Francisco.

One of the highlights of visiting botanical gardens is exploring and photographing glasshouses.
Sometimes referred to as greenhouses or conservatories, glasshouses have been preserved in some locations such as Kew Gardens in London since Victorian times. Kew Gardens has the largest, and largest number of glasshouses of the destinations I've visited.
Chicago IL has its Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories, The Steinhardt Conservatory greenhouse complex is in Brooklyn, New York, Washington DC is home to the US Botanical Garden and Golden Gate Park’s historic Conservatory of Flowers is in San Francisco, California.
Enjoy the photographs. I hope they will encourage you to visit glasshouses when you have the opportunity.

Glasshouses in London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Palm House at Kew Gardens

The Palm House in Kew Gardens was completed in 1848.

The Temperate House at Kew Gardens

The Temperate House is the largest glasshouse at Kew Gardens.

The Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens

The Princess of Wales Conservatory is the most complex glasshouse at Kew Gardens.

The Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens

The Davies Alpine House was designed to grow plants with a significantly different environment than that found in London.

The Waterlily House at Kew Gardens

The Waterlily House was the widest single span glasshouse in the world when built in 1852.

Glasshouses in Chicago IL

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Conservatory has four houses — the Palm House, Fernery, Orchid House and Show House.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory Campus covers about 4.5 acres.

Glasshouses in Brooklyn, NY

Steinhardt Conservatory at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Plant habitats from around the world are simulated in several glasshouses connected below ground at Steinhardt Conservatory.

Glasshouse in Washington DC

The United States Botanical Garden

The Conservatory at the United States Botanical Garden was first opened in 1933.

Glasshouse in San Francisco CA

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

The Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest municipal wooden conservatory remaining in the U.S.

Severe wind storm damage in 1995 nearly permanently closed the Conservatory, but it reopened in 2003.

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