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The Most Famous Conservatories in the World


Conservatories have been around for many years and are spectacular pieces of architecture, showcasing some of the finest work by prolific architects. There are some incredible examples all over the world and we wanted to share them with you in this week's blog.

Eden Project: Made from 230 miles worth of scaffolding, the Eden Project is situated in the peaceful surroundings of the Cornish Peninsula and offers visitors a unique indoor tropical experience. It is the largest conservatory in the world and has the world's biggest captive rainforest. Apart from famous landmarks like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, the Eden Project is one of Britain's biggest tourist attractions.

Nicholas Grimshaw was the architect behind the Eden project whilst Tim Smit came up with the idea and in 2011 was appointed an honorary Knight for his services to public engagement with science.

Garfield Park: You can find Garfield Park in Chicago which is home to the Garfield Park Conservatory. It is one of the largest greenhouse conservatories in the United States and is often referred to as “landscape art under glass”. The conservatory is approximately 18,000 square feet and was originally built in the 1880s; however, the present structure was built in 1908.

One of the most famous rooms at Garfield Park is the Palm Room where you will find over eighty species of palm trees!

The Great Conservatory: Situated in Syon Park, Brentford, the Great Conservatory was designed to be an exhibition conservatory for the Duke of Northumberland's exotic plants. Charles Fowler, an architect who specialised in large industrial buildings was commissioned to build the new conservatory. The building was extensively restored in 1986/7 and is an important historic structure which is in remarkably good condition.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Based in Arizona, USA, here you will find butterflies from all over the world and it's simply magical. It has some of the rarest butterflies in the world from exotic locations such as Costa Rica, Malaysia and Ecuador. There are 28,000 species of butterflies in the world, with Arizona being home to 334 of them.

The Barbican Conservatory: Although this is a more recent conservatory (built in 1980s), it's a hidden treasure of tropical wonder, situated in East London. The Barbican conservatory is part of the Barbican Arts Centre and is the second biggest conservatory in London. Its home to exotic fish and has over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, a perfect place to visit on a wet Sunday afternoon.

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Interior of a conservatory