Greenhouse Retreats

Greenhouse Retreats

Sarah Coffey
Nov 16, 2009

It's a gray day here in Chicago, and we're in the mood for a virtual vacation. Filled with plants and flowers, these greenhouses offer a bright spot of color.

In his poem, The Greenhouse, Bertolt Brecht describes walking, exhausted, into a tent-like greenhouse where "where the debris of exotic flowers lies in the shadow of the worn canvas." This image of a greenhouse as fragile, a little disheveled, and filled with half-light is exactly the type of retreat we'd welcome today.

Although many of the greenhouses shown above are far from disheveled, they're all shelters for beautiful and fragile collections of plants. To read the full text of The Greenhouse by Bertolt Brecht, click here.

1 Royal Greenhouse, Sofiero Castle Park by Olga
2 Gorgeous Greenhouse, Phoenix Home, Earthship Biotecture by Zach Klein
3 Greenhouse Geraniums, Prosek's Greenhouse in Winfield, IL by Wendy Piersall
4 Greenhouse from Down House, Charles Darwin Home by Kaptain Kobold
5 Apple Greenhouse, Erddig House by thejiggerypokery

6 Greenhouse, University of Wisconsin by Ann Althouse
7 Greenhouse, Wellesley College by Spamily
8 Greenhouse, Hockley, England by London Permaculture
9 Greenhouse, Garfield Park, Chicago by kudzuplanet
10 Orchid Greenhouse, Mexico by smcgee

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