Today I was lucky enough to attend the opening of a brand new glasshouse by Environment Minister Mark Speakman at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The new glasshouse is the first at the gardens in 90 years. It’s impressive too! It can be climate controlled and can replicate conditions well enough to nurture plants from anywhere in the world.
The glasshouse will be used to grow plants for The Calyx which will open in June and host exhibitions such as its first which will apparently be all about chocolate. It will house up to 18,000 plants and will include the largest green wall in the southern hemisphere. It also coincides with the garden’s 200th birthday celebrations so it should be fun!
I was also lucky enough to tour some of the older glasshouses. The federation style houses in the picture above were opened in the early 1900s and restored in 2006. There was also a glasshouse from 1898 complete with marble walls and a portable mist machine grinding away to keep its plants hydrated. While the upgrade to the new glasshouse was clearly needed, these glasshouses have done a great job over the last century and are a great reminder of the history that sits within the walls of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
These glasshouses sit within the walls of the Central Depot which was the kitchen garden to nearby Government House. It has since been used as a centre for growing plants for display in the Royal Botanic Gardens since the 19th century.
Today I got a big dose of garden history, but I didn’t get to the bottom of where they grew plants of the whacky kind… But I will so stay tuned!
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