Wednesday, March 23, 2016
A side greenhouse that is attached to the Botanical Center dome has practical suggestions for growing plants in home gardens. The red chair a design originally created by a famous designer Garret Rietveldt in 1918. Many people have duplicated the design to have chairs that look like modern art.
This is the view of the setting with both chairs in it I did at one time want to make one of them but I am not so sure they are so comfortable for sitting. The are pieces of artwork though.
A single red orchid that is much like the lady slipper that grows in Minnesota. It only had this one bloom on it at the time.
I keep seeing orchids for sale in many different kinds of stores. The prices have dropped on them from a few years ago because there so many sold. I cringe when I see the kind of conditions they are placed when I see them in some of the stores. People who work garden products really don't have an understanding of the plant.
My mom grew foliage plants in her gardens. I don't think I have ever tried them. I don't know if they need a lot of care or very special growing conditions. In southern Iowa they were grown in the shade. In this greenhouse it seems to be doing very well. I see there is a nice multi- color foliage. I remember the days when P. Allen Smith promoted them on his garden show with all the different color varieties.