While our outdoor gardens are slumbering, the indoor tropical gardens are coming to life. Many plants may be common florist holiday plants but still say ‘Spring’ to all who enjoy the lively colors.
As you enter Greenhouse 1 and look to your right or left. We have several brilliantly colored bromeliads. These will be colorful for a month or more. They are epiphytes, meaning they can live in the trees tucked into the crotches of limbs. Some other plants are being used as temporary spring color. They include the Kalanchoes and Mini Cyclamen. Not pictured are the Reiger Begonias. A new Australian Tree Fern is being planted in the ground in its pot. In several areas you will also see clumps of neon orange. These are clivias. As you near the hallway, to your left look at the towering stand of Shell Gingers.
As you enter Greenhouse 2 look to your left. You will see our prolific coffee tree. PLEASE DON’T PICK, OR EAT. Look near the coffee tree and you will see the staghorn ferns in the base of a palm tree. These too, are epiphytic and if you meander over to Greenhouse 4 you will see more of them growing in the trees on the right. As you leave this area and near the Moongate, you will see a display of begonias. The Rhode Island Begonia Society maintains this collection showing its diversity. Buy one at a garden center or our May plant sale.