Conservatories can be pretty spectacular pieces of architecture and there are some incredible examples spread throughout the world. Here are five of our favourite famous conservatories!
Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Cornish Peninsula, The Eden Project offers visitors a unique indoors tropical experience. It is the largest conservatory on the planet and boasts the world’s biggest captive rainforest. Aside from London landmarks such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, it is easily one of Britain’s biggest tourist attractions. Full of stunning waterfalls and grand sculptures, The Eden Project should definitely be on your bucket list!
Based in Chicago and dubbed by the locals as ‘Landscape Art Under Glass’,Garfield Park covers an area of 18,000 square feet and is one of the largest conservatories in the USA. The current structure was built in 1907 and replaced a smaller conservatory that was originally built in the early 19th century. Perhaps the most famous room at Garfield Park is the Palm Room, which has over eighty species of palm trees.
THE GREAT CONSERVATORY
Famous for being the inspiration for the masterpiece that is Crystal Palace, The Great Conservatory was designed to be an exhibition conservatory for the Duke of Northumberland’s exotic plants. It is a spectacular large glass dome that nestles in the centre of Syon Park, Brentford and is one of the last private country residence. This structure truly is a magnificent and well worth a day out.
THE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY
Featuring thousands of butterflies from all around the world, The Butterfly Conservatory is based in Arizona, USA and is charmingly magical! It boasts some of the rarest butterflies in the world from exotic destinations such as Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. It is a particular hotspot for wildlife photographers and enthusiast who want to keep up and get personal with these stunning insects.
THE BARBICAN CONSERVATORY
Based in the East of London and one of our more recent conservatories, The Barbican Conservatory is a part of the Barbican Arts Centre and was built in the 1980s. It was inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon and is home exotic fish and thousands of species of tropical trees and plants. This is certainly a hidden treasure, so if you are enjoying a Sunday in London and feel a bit down-trodden by the dreary winter weather, visit the Barbican Conservatory for a little tropical oasis!