Sunday, January 30, 2011

a tropical respite

The garden show last week only whetted our appetite for more things spring-like and green. We were in luck because right in the heart of the east side is the City of Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. Pat and I decided to visit ahead of the blizzard that is on its way.

Outside was a cold and snow-covered landscape, suitable for snow shoeing, skiing, sledding and other assorted winter activities. But not gardening. We pulled into the parking lot and were pleasantly surprised to see other cars in the parking lot. Inside we went, joining others in search of a winter respite. Inside it is perpetually hot and green. The sights are also very, very cool. The place is full of plants that I could never grow, but then, that’s why there are places like this.

The orchid room was straight out of Nero Wolf. My post only shows a few of the hundreds of orchids that filled the room.


7 comments:

Bangchik said...

Beautiful place.... colourful, neat and pleasant.

gardeningasylum said...

Jim, those are some great shots of a wonderful respite. I love and continue to reread the Nero Wolfe series - pure fun!

FlowerLady said...

Wow, what a wonderful tropical oasis in the middle of your snow covered outdoor landscape, with a blizzard on the way. Glad you and Pat were able to have this little respite from winters cold blast.

FlowerLady

Gatsbys Gardens said...

This is the best way to see a garden in winter!

Eileen

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a wonderful getaway. All those gorgeous orchids. I hope you are getting your flower fix before this new storm comes in. Ugh!

shirl said...

Wow... mouth watering! I can see why you enjoyed it so much when you've snow on the ground just now. Even on a sunny day this would be a great visit :-)

Meredith said...

What a wonderful escape from the snow and ice, Jim. The orchid shots are fantastic. :)

I haven't read Nero Wolfe's work -- would you recommend it?