There’s nothing like a greenhouse visit for burst of tropical inspiration. On a recent visit to New York, we were able to sneak away for a few hours and get lost in one of the city’s gems: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The 52 acre garden mostly showcases gorgeous outdoor material, and in the heat of July, the blooms were stunning. But for us, the real highlight was our time spent in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s various conservatories; classic glass houses organized into a variety of different habitats to showcase plants from warmer climates.

What’s so exciting about a greenhouse visit is that it provides a glimpse of the houseplants we love in an environment that mimics their natural habitat. As the specimens are planted in the ground and provided optimal temperature, humidity and other environmental conditions, they’re able to grow freely into their mature forms. As it’s very hard to imitate greenhouse conditions in our typical indoor house settings, we’re often not seeing our houseplants grow to their full potential.

What follows is our photo diary from the visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Conservatories. The conservatories are organized into various rooms with different habitats: the Tropical Pavilion, the Aquatic House and Orchid Collection, the Desert Pavilion, the Warm Temperature Pavilion and the Bonsai Museum. Each contains foliage and floral gems; however, the photos that follow focus on the first three rooms listed above.

Massive Monstera deliciosa at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Rhipsalis species

Tropical Pavilion

Philodendron squamiferum

Large Philodendron

Tropical Pavilion views

Alocasia, Begonia and more

Beautiful fan palm

Views of the Tropical Pavilion

Views of the Desert Pavilion

Deser Pavilion - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Mounted anthurium and orchids

Assorted Tillandsia in the Aquatic Room

Flowering Orchids

Massive staghorn fern in the Aquatic Room

We hope you enjoyed this photo tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and that you’re able to make a visit to this tropical space some time soon! What are your favorite greenhouses and conservatories? Share with us in the comments!


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