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Desert House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 14 March 2019 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The Desert House at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago holds one of the region’s most varied collections of cacti and succulents. These plants owe their popularity to their spectacular and unique forms, the promise of brilliant, short-lived flowers and their ability to withstand harsh, dry conditions. The size of the plants in this room varies from the tiny living stone plant to the large century plants.

Most of the plants in this room are succulents, which means they are adapted to retain water, thus having the ability to survive long periods of drought conditions. Some succulents store water in their roots, others in their stems or leaves. Although the plants here share an adaptation to a desert environment, this room does not reflect a real desert. There are plants in this room from Africa, Asia, the Americas and all over the world that, in nature, would not be growing side-by-side or within such close proximity to one another.

Photo captured February 2, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/6.7 ISO 400 18 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Those big spherical cacti are known as: anopin jakkara, eli chair to mother-in-law

14 Mar 2019 5:52am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Magnificent collection of plants that are not lacking in spiciness.

14 Mar 2019 5:55am

Martine Girard from brest, France

Superbe vue sur les cactées, j'aime ces plantes.

14 Mar 2019 5:58am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

ça ne manque pas de piquant

14 Mar 2019 6:01am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Le paradis de ceux qui comme moi aiment les cactées.
Bonne journée Steven

14 Mar 2019 6:25am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

They seem many soldiers...

14 Mar 2019 8:01am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice!

14 Mar 2019 8:04am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful desert corner and collection of plants ! Beware of spines ;-)

14 Mar 2019 9:03am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Very nice collections of these plants. Excellent capture.

14 Mar 2019 9:14am

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

what a beautiful capture of this fine collection of prickly plants!

14 Mar 2019 9:17am

Nelida De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Magnífica vista de cactus y suculentas... Buena jornada.

14 Mar 2019 9:51am

London Caller from United Kingdom

This is like a paradise for cacti.

14 Mar 2019 9:54am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely documented picture and words

14 Mar 2019 10:10am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Love these cacti.

14 Mar 2019 11:09am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

That's really what the picture says. Good photo and title.

14 Mar 2019 11:19am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great composition , very interesting .

14 Mar 2019 12:49pm

willy from Belgium

une très belle vue sur ces cactus Steven

et une superbe composition dans ce beau cliché

have a nice day

14 Mar 2019 1:13pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Une belle diversité d'épines !!:)

14 Mar 2019 1:52pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, United States

Beautiful details in those cacti!

14 Mar 2019 2:52pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The desert house is very interesting looking. I would like to visit it.

14 Mar 2019 3:29pm

Devi from Chennai, India

a superb collection here ! Beautiful image and details..Great capture !

14 Mar 2019 3:46pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Comme des boules des tiges quelle vue et cactus sueprbe
Belle soirée

14 Mar 2019 3:59pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très belle collection de cactus.

14 Mar 2019 4:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such a lovely variety in this big beautiful room. I especially like the looks of those ball shaped cacti.

14 Mar 2019 5:37pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ces piquants

14 Mar 2019 6:36pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful desert plant display from all over.

14 Mar 2019 7:15pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo

14 Mar 2019 7:19pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique mélange ! J'adore les cactus mais je n'ai jamais réussi à les garder...

14 Mar 2019 8:56pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

looks like a relaxing place to visit

14 Mar 2019 9:52pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

They are wonderful !!

14 Mar 2019 11:09pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I once thought that if I had cacti it would be an easy plant to take care of (or not take care of) and survive. But, alas, no! Even my cacti died! Wish I had a green thumb. ;-)

15 Mar 2019 12:03am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

All of these plants from all over the world definitely make an incredible garden. I love it!

15 Mar 2019 1:20am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

beautiful plants and the arrangement is lovely, though the documentary plaques detract from the artistic merit of the image

15 Mar 2019 1:40am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Impeccable cette image !

15 Mar 2019 2:54am

Ginnie from Netherlands

What a lovely grouping, Steven. I have always been drawn to succulents, especially after living in California for 12 years!

15 Mar 2019 5:54am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Une exposition que j'aurais aimé decouvrir en vrai ..merci

15 Mar 2019 6:46am

Anne from France

Quel magnifique jardin!

15 Mar 2019 8:02am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice

15 Mar 2019 12:13pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

I feel the warm.:-)

15 Mar 2019 3:33pm

Remus from Portugal

Cacti have truly spectacular shapes.
Great composition and very interesting "family".

15 Mar 2019 3:48pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What a nice variety of cacti !!

15 Mar 2019 3:52pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great collection of these desert plants. Beautifully presented. :)

15 Mar 2019 4:13pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Lovely shot... They have a nice display!

16 Mar 2019 3:24am

Omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

Certainly good conditions for the cacti, Cacti Heaven!

16 Mar 2019 4:13pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

L O V E L Y !

16 Mar 2019 6:16pm

Urspo from Phoenix, United States

This looks like my neighborhood.

17 Mar 2019 1:50am

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Beautiful garden,Nice shot.

17 Mar 2019 3:48pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful shot.

18 Mar 2019 4:55am