I certainly do not need an excuse to go to my local conservatory, but at holiday time, it is especially nice. I am lucky here in Michigan to have quite a few conservatories within 3 hours of me. My favorite, probably because I spend so much time there, is the Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit and it is less than 30 minutes away. I also have Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Frederick Meijer in Grand Rapids, and Dow Gardens in Midland. So why should you visit your local conservatory at this time of the year? Here are a few pictures from Belle Isle and Garfield Conservatory in Indianapolis and they will speak for themselves. I visited both of them last week and the displays were amazing.  Here is a post from a couple of years ago when I visited Frederick Meijer Gardens during the holiday season. It was magical.

Belle Isle Conservatory

Belle Isle show room

The Belle Isle showroom

Not only are there plenty of holiday plants, but many other plants are blooming at this time of year.

Even though there are a lot of flowers to see, don’t overlook the gorgeous foliage. The red spines of the cactus below with the green skin is stunning.  And the sun shining through the monstera leaf……

Not only are there beautiful flowers but at this time of the year with the dark days of winter, the humidity and warmth of conservatories cannot be beat. When I walk in my glasses might steam over because of the humidity. The smell of the soil and plants, the humidity you can feel…I love it all.

Garfield Conservatory in Indianapolis

Last Friday I attended a regional meeting of the Garden Communicators Association,  of which I am a member, in Indianapolis. We went to a garden center, Newfields for the light show, and then the next day I went to the Garfield Conservatory. It was gorgeous.

Christmas tree at Garfield Conservatory

A beautiful Christmas tree in the Garfield Conservatory

Garfield Conservatory holiday display

Poinsettia holiday display at Garfield Conservatory

Not only were there plenty of poinsettias, the orchids, bougainvillea, and cordylines were also blooming.

If you have a conservatory close to you, or even if it is a bit of a drive, it will be worth it. Forget about the holiday rush, the shopping, the decorating, and just take a bit of time to recharge while you wander through a warm plant-filled conservatory. You won’t regret it. Is there a conservatory near you? Tell me about it and if I’m ever in your state, maybe I can visit.

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