LOCAL FINDS: WELLESLEY COLLEGE GREENHOUSE

June 09, 2016

A few weeks ago we visited the Margaret C Ferguson greenhouses in Wellesley College. It consists of 16 interconnected greenhouses ranging from tropical to desert glass houses, and can keep you entertained for hours. Located just outside of Boston, it is a must-visit for any local. The greenhouses are part of the Wellesley college, and was designed by a member of the faculty, Professor Margaret C Ferguson in the early 20th century.
 

The tropical greenhouse was my favorite, housing several palms, banana trees and every other tropical plant you can think of.



I was most attracted to this giant fiddle leaf fig which was so tall, it almost touched the roof.




And in case you get tired walking, there are shady spots like this inviting you to sit down, relax, and maybe take a nap. What else are those comfy pillows for?


I loved that it had a desert greenhouse housing several large cacti and succulents. You have to watch yourself and not get poked by those cacti thorns because they are huge! I almost thought I was in sunny California!





After visiting the greenhouse you can also choose to venture out into the sprawling botanical gardens which are a treat in itself!




If you live around Boston, a trip to the Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses is quite mandatory! It's a great way to get lost in different worlds and see some plants up close!

Do you like visiting greenhouses as much as I do?

Tip - Choose a cool day to visit, unless you like getting baked in a glass house.

Cheers,
Vinaya

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6 comments

  1. Great green visual treat Vin! Love the story behind all this greenery too.... recently I have started to find myself getting drawn more towards plants and their green and fresh world, so visiting beautiful green houses is on the list!

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    1. Thanks Nupur! It's a great way to get close to nature, especially when the weather outside is cold! I hope you get to visit a lot of new glasshouses ! :)

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  2. Your post and the photos took me back to my childhood years. My mum used to work at the botanic gardens and I obviously spent lots of time there. For the young me, visiting the greenhouse was like an exciting trip to the jungle. It had (still has) eleven sections available to the public, each hosting plants from different continents and climates and the tropical and subtropical ones were my favourite (remember, we are talking about Europe here). I now live in Australia and it feels so strange that some of those plants that are so exotic and rare over there and only grow in botanical gardens, I now have in my garden and they hardly need any care (like Cycas revoluta). Thank you for the lovely post and the trip down to memory lane :). Mx

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    1. What a wonderful opportunity to grow up with plants! Now I see where you get your green thumb from :) It must be so strange, that those exotic plants grow so easily in Australia. In fact I noticed the same thing - so many of the tropical plants in greenhouses around here grow so easily, wild almost, in India. :)
      I just googled Cycas revoluta - my mom has one of those! It was a very 'popular' plant when I was growing up. And you are right I have never seen her take any serious care of it ha ha!
      So glad you enjoyed the post!

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  3. Vin, What a wonderful treat to have visited wonderful place, and that fiddle leaf fig is GIANT! I have not visited a botanical garden/green house in years,but giving my new found appreciation for plants I would love to visit one now. I think I might try to find a local one to visit with the kids.

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    1. Ha ha it surely was a giant! I was hogging that tree for quite some time :) I so agree - it's a great plant fix. It's very soothing too. I usually feel like I am back from The Amazon! ;) I hope you get to visit a local one soon.

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