free day adventure
T R A N S P L A N T E D
At the first snowfall I sought warmth and tropical lushness at the city greenhouse. What a different experience it is to be in a glasshouse again but once spring has already sprung, with daffodils abloom and forsythia punctuating rainy gray days with color. But it’s no less enjoyable. More of a flavor of things to come as we move into warmer weather. However, the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden does not house plants we’d normally see in Cleveland—in any weather. Instead, the glasshouse focuses on two specific biomes: the cloud forest of Costa Rica and the spiny desert of Madagascar. Dry or humid, butterflies or lizards, prickly or viny, there are enough sensations and textures in the glasshouse to last forever! (So, I decided to break it into two parts; not half desert, half cloud forest—more along surface texture and botanical texture.) Read more about the extraordinary glasshouse in part 2.
Which do you prefer, the spiny desert or the cloud forest? (And do you enjoy the phrase “cloud forest” as much as I do?)
Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse Texture