Now THIS is a greenhouse

Jane McGary via pbs
Sun, 10 Jan 2021 18:19:25 PST
You want an air-conditioned greenhouse? Years ago, and I think it was in 
the botanical garden at Christchurch, New Zealand (someone correct me if 
I'm misremembering), I visited a Subantarctic House, which had been 
designed to replicate and display some remarkable and mostly quite large 
plants from the subantarctic islands. It was a dome, with a boardwalk 
which zig-zagged around inside. The walls were painted with scenes of 
the islands, and the plants installed in beds in front of the scenes, 
quite realistically. It was very cold, and huge fans blew at a rate 
imitating the Roaring Forties. The plants looked great and many were in 
flower. A great way to see this amazing flora without dying of seasickness!

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

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