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Where can I enjoy warm indoor greenery near Boston?

Posted by carol6ma_7ari zones 6 %26 7a (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 4, 14 at 10:03

I'd love to take a break from winter by visiting local greenhouses and plant conservatories. Where are they? I already know of Logee's (bought my fig tree there), and in Wayland, Russell's Garden Center has a nice set of working greenhouses one can wander around in.

Where else?

Carol


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RE: Where can I enjoy warm indoor greenery near Boston?

Hi Carol,
You mention Boston. I don't know if you just want to wander in the warmth, or actually are looking for a retail opportunity. If you want to stay in Boston, and don't want to buy, there is always the Isabella Stewart Gardener museum. If you want to come to Providence, the Roger Williams Park conservatory has a nice display. Another large retail outlet with a lot of room under glass is Briggs Nursery on Kelly Blvd. in N. Attleboro, but they can be a bit pricey.

Or you can do what I did in January and hop a plane to California!

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RE: Where can I enjoy warm indoor greenery near Boston?

Just found out about Lyman's in Waltham, camellias now blooming! I want to wander around in the warmth, not buy anything. Bill, thanks for the tips. I wish I could go to CA this year but not possible. Lots of rain there anyway, but my son (In Berkeley) says everything is blooming.

Carol


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RE: Where can I enjoy warm indoor greenery near Boston?

Carol,
if you love camellias, you should plant some if you don't already have any. They are evergreen and there are spring and fall blooming types. The Massachusetts Camellia Society had their annual (185th?) show at Tower Hill in Worcester this past weekend. I couldn't make it, however I went to the website last week to get information. I was surprised that they are still telling gardeners that they aren't hardy here, but I sent an E-mail to the president, Sandra Kautz. She was very kind and most appreciative of my comments about updating the information, and she asked for some photos of my camellias here in my garden. She said the website will be updated soon, to include some information on the hardy camellias. I'm happy that more New England gardeners may soon learn more about having these amazing plants in their gardens thanks in part to my efforts.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your tour to the faux tropics!

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RE: Where can I enjoy warm indoor greenery near Boston?

Hey Bill, I second your suggestion of Tower Hill. They have a wonderful Orangerie you can wander in and enjoy not only the warmth and the flowering plants, but hear the drip of several fountains and enjoy some actual humidity! Here is the web site: http://www.towerhillbg.org/.

Can we see some photos of your New England hardy camelias???


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RE: Where can I enjoy warm indoor greenery near Boston?

Debra, here are some of my camellias. These were taken last spring and fall.

Bill


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