|Bougainvillea 'Orange Ice'|
Hidden Lake Gardens was donated to Michigan State University, then college, by Harry A. Fee in 1945. At that time it was only 200 acres, but has grown to encompass 755 acres. The conservatory was added in 1968. Of course, this is my favorite part. The garden also includes a fabulous conifer, hosta, and bonsai collection. We go there a few times a year and there is always something different to see.
There are 3 different areas of the conservatory; the Arid Dome, the Temperate House, and the Tropical Dome.
The Arid Dome
|My 6'5" husband by the Agave salmiana.|
|Bowiea volubilis or climbing onion|
|Euphorbia millii hybrid or Crown of Thorns|
|Close-up of Echeveria 'Blue Waves'|
|Crassula ovata or Jade plant in full bloom.|
The Temperate House
|2011 Spring display|
The next area is the Temperate house and it contains begonias, orchids, camellias, bromeliads, and more. It is also the house where they host seasonal displays. It is cooler than the Tropical dome and less humid. There are a large amount of plants in bloom here and the cooler temperature helps the flowers last longer.
|Streptosolen jamesonii or Marmalade Bush|
The begonias were in full bloom last week. The flowers are just a bonus to the fabulous foliage of begonias.
|Begonia masoniana or Iron Cross Begonia|
|Pelargonium 'Mrs. Cox'|
There were flowers on these geraniums, but who needs flowers when a plant has foliage like this!
|Pelargonium 'Vancouver Centennial'|
Kohlerias are gesneriads, cousins to African violets.
As I have described in a previous post, there is a difference between the Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus. This is a huge, old Christmas cactus blooming, with many more blooms to come. They bloom later than the Thanksgiving cactus, obviously even into February and from the amount of buds, even into March.
The Tropical Dome
|The view looking up to the top of the dome.|
The Tropical dome is very warm and humid. It has plants like cocoa, citrus, papaya, coffee, and vanilla.
|Trevesia sundaica blossoms|
|Anthurium spathe and flower.|
We had a great day at Hidden Lake! Find a conservatory near you, and take a day to visit. There is nothing like a warm, blossom filled conservatory to warm you up, and soothe the soul in the dead of winter.