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Indoor botanical gardens let people see flowers year-round

by webdev

September 22, 2013

As fall turns into winter, beautiful flowers in natural settings will become harder to find, especially in the chillier parts of the country. However, that doesn't mean flower lovers can't enjoy some of nature's most stunning creations during the colder months of the year.

Here are a few attractions people can visit over the next few months, should they need their floral fix:

The New York Botanical Garden
New York City is no stranger to chilly winters. Fortunately, flower lovers can spend time with nature within the glass exterior of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden. Inside the Victorian-style glasshouse, visitors can move from a desert setting to a tropical rain forest, according to the attraction's website. As people pass through the conservatory's 11 habitats, they have an opportunity to see flowers and plant life from around the world. Best of all, this experience is available to visitors year-round.

United States Botanic Garden
A trip to the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., provides people with a chance to experience a little history while appreciating a world of flowers. The conservatory at this attraction was constructed by the same architect responsible for the iconic Capitol Building, according to the garden's website. Inside this spacious greenhouse, visitors can explore a total of 28,944 square feet of growing space. On display are flowers and plant life from the jungles and deserts of the world as well as other unique habitats.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Located in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, opened in 1893, has been a destination for those curious to learn more about plant life, according to its website. Inside a Victorian greenhouse made of steel and glass, people can enjoy an always-changing roster of exhibits. For instance, those who swing by the Phipps Conservatory between Oct. 19 and Nov. 10 can enjoy the Fall Flower Show and Garden Railroad, where thousands of chrysanthemums will be on display.

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Since July 2003, the Cleveland Botanical Garden has been home to The Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. This Ohio attraction's website states that visitors can see a variety of strange plants, from a colossal strangler fig to bottle-shaped pachypodiums. Overall, 350 exotic plant species are on display across two different landscapes.


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