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Friday, February 19, 2016

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary!


Heliconia collinsiana (Accession #659590, July 3, 1965), watercolor by Suzanne Stutzman

The construction of the 11,500 square foot Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory  started in 1964 and the Edna and Claude Boettcher Memorial Conservatory was formally dedicated in  January 16, 1966.
More than 600 tropical species and varieties were acquired to the new conservatory in 1965. Of those original plants we have a number left in the conservatory. The School of Botanical Art and Illustration designed four cards (available in the Gardens' gift shop) to celebrate this event.  More...
Cecropia peltata (Accession #650493, May 6, 1965), hand-colored etching by Vanessa Martin.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Scarlet Giant' (Accession #650163, July 15, 1965), colored pencil and graphite by Judy Vanderbosch

 This is the only conservatory in the country made of cast-in place concrete. Piper auritum, graphite by Randy Raak


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