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GARDEN ROOM-CONSERVATORY

CORNER STAND FOR TIERED PLANTS MAINTAINS HUMIDITY

BENCH TO RAISE PLANTS FROM BRICK FLOOR

AMARYLIS BULBS FOR WINTER BLOOMS

ANNUAL VINES ON WIRE FRAME

BOUGAINVILLA FLOWERS BEHIND STATUE (PLANTER BELOW). VIEW TO OUTSIDE TERRACE FROM WITHIN

THE CONSERVATORY

The conservatory is a “have your cake and eat it too” place to be. Here you can sit and relax or eat and chat all the while growing your favorite plants in all seasons. Unlike a greenhouse, which is a growing place, or a sunroom, which is a living space, the conservatory has it all.

Many people think of a conservatory as a huge place that the wealthy built in days past  on expansive mansions. While we visit some of the homes and gardens that have these, such as Longwood Gardens, today most of the conservatories are small or of moderate size.

While not “cheap” they can be purchased within the budget for both freestanding and lean-to types. It pays to shop around and find out what is available but first you will need a few pointers.

The location is most important relative to the sun in all seasons. The winter sun is the harshest as it is low; however, heating the conservatory depends on the sun, too. Generally, the south side of the home is the best but there are exceptions.

The type of plants that you want to grow makes the decision more final. Many books are around the read BEFORE you go shopping for a conservatory that will give you more details on the pointers.

Most importantly, try to visit a friend or an owner to glean from his experience, costs, problems, and maintenance required.

The example photos above were taken in a small conservatory that is approximately 8 ft by 10 ft and is a lean-to type. This conservatory is air conditioned and heated in the respective seasons for year around use.

Two to 4 persons can sit and experience  all the joy in this conservatory, listen to the miniature fountain, and smell the indoor gardens.

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INDOOR GARDEN ROOM

Our indoor garden room has light at the ends but a roof on the top instead of glass. It was a breezeway originally that was enclosed later with jalousie windows and doors.

We updated this room in 2007 with French doors on each end and a white/grey marble floor with black granite diamonds-like our logo and backgrounds on this website!

Originally, conservatories were called, “Orangeries”, and were meant to grow tropicals and citrus plants during the winter months. There were heated with fireplaces and a later wood stoves, etc. Our room is heated and kept at 55-60 degrees during the winter.

This temperature is good for the plants and prevents dampness and mildew from forming on the walls, etc.

We have sliding screens for the spring and fall. We can close up the doors when it is super hot and then we let the house air conditions come in!

 The gardens in the front and back were designed for viewing from this room. [Again, the English design  style is form the interior of the house looking out vs. the American design style from the outside looking towards the house.]

We use the room all year around and it is a favorite of ours! Also-the furkids love it in the summer as it is so cool to lie on.

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Note:

We thank Mike the Tileman (shown above-left) for the marble/granite floor. He is a true craftsman!  Unfortunately, he always has too much work booked up so wishes to stay anonymous….Sorry!

 

The door work was  by Windowizards in Bristol, PA .