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Spring Display: Spring Ahead

Conservatory Displays

Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, April 10 , 2016
10:00am-5:00pm daily; FREE
Brookside Gardens Conservatory

Spring Display in South ConservatorySpring Display in South Conservatory

Spring starts in January and a global collection of plants create a tapestry of color, texture and fragrance that is sure to please the senses and provide a welcome reminder that winter will yield to spring.

Cymbidium orchids, Chenille plant (Acalypha),  African honeybush (Melianthus major)   and fireworks flower (Clerodendrum quadrilioculare) compliment familiar flowering plants, such as snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus), florists’ stock (Matthiola incana), regal geraniums (Pelargonium) and primroses  (Primula oboconica).  Winter jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) takes the lead in scenting the greenhouses, but many of the plants in the display also have lovely fragrances. Numerous plants in the permanent collection flower at this time, including Amazon lily (Eucharis amazonica), Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia), orchids, powderpuff tree (Calliandra haematocephala ‘Nana’), and cardamom (Elletteria cardamomum). The colorful flowers, lush greenery and sweet fragrances are sure to lift the spirits of those who tire of the wintery landscape outside.

Conservatory spring display 2Spring Display in South Conservatory

The Brookside Gardens Sculpture show has been discontinued. It was held in the North & South Conservatories each year through 2007.

Brookside Gardens conservatories

The Conservatories at Brookside Gardens consist of two glass buildings joined by a short hallway. The Conservatories house a large collection of tropical plants including banana, giant bird of paradise, and mimosa as well as seasonal displays in the spring, summer, and autumn and a terrific holiday show. The Conservatories are often used for special programs, such as the spring Sculpture Show and live Butterfly Exhibit in summer.

Besides the Spring Display, the Conservatories at Brookside Gardens host three more changing shows each year: