When I Was 69

When I Was 69
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Have you ever walked through a Conservatory in winter?

Biltmore Conservatory, Asheville, NC
I remember seeing a wonderful exhibit of blown glass sculptures interacting with wonderful vegetation in Atlanta at the Botanical Gardens, maybe not winter, but still it was a great relief to see such beauty.  Chihuly glass is pretty wonderful all by itself.  So are flowers.
Chihuly glass at Dallas Arboretum

But this trip was to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  The Conservatory had lots of orchids, palms, and spring blooms in pots.  Ah.

My only criticism was there were repetitions of the same plants throughout the greenhouses, (except perhaps for the actual orchid room.)  But I guess that works when the main focus of flowers at this estate is to have table decorations in hallways and banquet rooms inside.  The actual blooms from the Conservatory were not what I saw inside while walking through the rooms...rather they looked like they came from hot houses or were imported from a place where it's summer right now.
Conservatory, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

And the gardens are still dormant, though the daffodils were beginning to peep up.  I'll show you them under the trellessed roses here...then more will come tomorrow.


  1. Yes, we visit the Biltmore Estate often during the winter. Just walking in the greenhouse gives us a taste of spring. In WI we often visited the Mitchell Park Domes, three conservatories fully covered in glass. Such a nice respite from the snow.

  2. The warmth and humidity when you first walk in is so welcomed by the body. I love seeing flowers in bloom in a tropical climate while the wind blows the snow around outside.

  3. I enjoyed these photos from the Biltmore Estate. I have heard a lot about it. Hopefully I will get to see it one day.


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