Yes, it "is" spring – technically. But I know folks in other parts of the country are still suffering the wrath of winter's departure, and here in Connecticut, it's still quite chilly most days.
So you can imagine what a joy it was to roam through the beautiful greenhouses at the Marsh Botanical Gardens at Yale University in New Haven. Four huge greenhouses filled with wondrous things!
Located on the estate of Othniel Charles Marsh, a renowned paleontologist and dinosaur discoverer, the gardens began in earnest in 1922 and flourished greatly during the thirties and early forties. As is so often the case, changes in demographics affected the work forces and slowly caused the gardens to fall into neglect. In the 1990's, the gardens again became the focus of restoration and, from then on, have continued to improve and flourish again. What a treat for anyone lucky enough to make the visit!
To plan your own visit, see the link at the end of this post. Now, enjoy!
We started our tour with the Tropical Collection, a veritable treasure house of luscious colors, textures, shapes, and scents.
|Passion Flower (Passiflora 'Pura Vida Purple')|
|Canna Lily (Canna cv 'Ermine')|
|Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)|
|Costa Rican Butterfly Vine (Dalechampia dioscoreifolia)|
In another part of this greenhouse, we saw familiar faces from our own gardens.
|Golden Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha cv 'Denver Gold')|
|Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)|
Also known as Mother-in-law's Tongue
|Who knew Dill could be so pretty?|
Fern leaf Dill (Anethum graveleons cv 'Fernleaf')
|Indian Mallow (Abutilon hybrid)|
|Interesting Koi–note the one on the far left that looks like a skeleton.|
(photo courtesy Jennifer Carter)
|Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)|
|Cobra Lily (Darlingtonia californica)|
After petting Eli, the resident feline (who was the biggest cat I've ever seen!), we moved into the Desert House.
|Succulents & Cacti need no water|
The outdoor gardens were, of course, still sleeping. But I will be back when spring really gets here!
Where? Marsh Botanical Gardens
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Marsh Botanical Gardens