Palm House at Garfield Park Conservatory

Posted by Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 December 2014 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Designed as an idealized tropical landscape, it's where graceful palms, interspersed with a variety of other tropicals, soar up to a vaulted ceiling. This room features a massive Scheelea Palm which is probably the largest of its kind in any conservatory in the country. In 2003 the Palm House underwent a restoration of its structure and plant collection.

Designed by Jens Jensen and first built in 1907 with glass panels, the Palm House was rebuilt in 1958 with fiberglass replacements. In 2003, the room was renovated once again, but this time, with glass to more closely resemble Jensen’s original design.

The Palm House is shaped, not like a typical A-frame structure, but like a dome. Jens Jensen wanted to pay respect to the Midwestern location of this conservatory by designing the Palm House ceiling to resemble a giant haystack.

In 1926, botanists from the Field Museum of Natural History gave Garfield Park Conservatory a gift that kept on giving: the seed that grew the Scheelea Palm. Scientists acquired the seed on an expedition to Brazil, brought it back to Chicago and it has been growing at the Palm House ever since. The Scheelea Palm now has the distinct honor of being the largest (but not the tallest) plant in the Palm House collection. This type of cultural exchange is a powerful example of the connections shared between Chicago’s historic institutions over the years.

Photo captured March 22, 2014.

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful interior shot of this conservatory. I'm glad the windows had glass put back in them.

10 Dec 2014 6:24am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A return to Eden with this unique biosphere. Superb shot with the people giving a sense of scale.

10 Dec 2014 8:46am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

magnifique serre ...... quelles jolies plantes.)

10 Dec 2014 9:31am

Laurette from Lonehill - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture of this magnificent palm house. Looks to be a wonderful place to visit !

10 Dec 2014 10:25am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nicely captured. Interesting place.:-)

10 Dec 2014 10:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

lovely crisp shot

10 Dec 2014 11:17am

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A fine image of this marvelous conservatory. I can almost feel the humidity of the place from looking at your excellent shot.

10 Dec 2014 4:22pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Gorgeous and lush!

10 Dec 2014 5:45pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Incredible place full of lush green foliage ... beautiful photo!

10 Dec 2014 8:48pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

You have captured a lovely path through the garden.

10 Dec 2014 10:40pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful composition and detail

10 Dec 2014 11:55pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The clarity and detail are splendid!

11 Dec 2014 12:02am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is an excellent shot. I can almost feel my allergies kicking in.

11 Dec 2014 1:17am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a wonderful place. Amazing that it was built over 100 years ago. I love the lush foliage! It would be a great place to escape for an afternoon!

11 Dec 2014 2:33am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle serre et vue avec le personnage quelle végétation et ce tunnel super
Amitié

11 Dec 2014 3:01am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

tout pour me plaire dans ce cliché,génial

11 Dec 2014 8:04am

franz from Baden, Austria

what an impressive story to go with this beautiful look at the interior of the "jungle" !!!

11 Dec 2014 6:16pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Splendid composition with all those vanishing lines guiding the eyes to the people on that path. Great !!

11 Dec 2014 11:25pm

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