Illinois Conservatory | 02.15.11

I always feel a little behind the times when it comes to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day during the winter months. Aside from a couple of Spathiphyllum and a few poinsettias that haven’t met their post-holiday demise, my indoor garden is usually devoid of blooms to celebrate as we approach the middle of another cold-weather month. So I decided to stretch the definition of my garden just a little this February and visited the University of Illinois Conservatory.

This conservatory serves as my botanical home away from home, a place where I can disappear and pretend that the Midwestern winter is just a bad dream. Today, I closed my eyes and imagined myself a tropical garden where the air is warm and humid, the foliage is lush and green, and weeds come in the form of fragrant orchids. When they opened, this is what I found.

Phalaenopsis sp. (Orchid)


Erauthemum puchellum (Blue Sage)


Cymbidium sp. (Orchid)


Oxalis regnellii


Porphyrocoma pohliana


Calliandra haematocephela (Powder Puff Tree)


Clerodendrum quadrangula
Neomarica nortiana (Walking Iris)
Dendrobium ‘Super Ise’


Aechmea ‘Red Ribbon’


Cattleya sp. (Orchid)


Cymbidium Taboo ‘Black Imp’


Camellia sp.

Published by Christopher Tidrick

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  1. What a great idea! I love to go to the conservatory, and it is a great place to find some flowers. Happy bloom day!



  2. Wow every shot just beautiful.

    Goldenray Yorkies



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