Crystal Palaces, American Garden Conservatories

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A central part of a visit to any botanical garden is the conservatory, an enormous glass structure that houses a wide variety of exotic flora. America has an abundance of exceptional examples; many have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Crystal Palaces is the first book on garden conservatories in the United States from the Victorian-era structure in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to the recently completed Quad City Conservatory in Rock Island, Illinois. Twenty-five conservatories are presented in detail through lavish color photos and evocative descriptions. Just a few of the spectacular conservatories included are Steinhardt Conservatory in Brooklyn, Fairchild Tropical Garden Conservatory in Coral Gables, Missouri Botanical Garden Conservatories and Climatron in Saint Louis, and Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle.

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Anne S. Cunningham has written about gardens for over 25 years and reveals conservatory secrets of maintaining healthy plants, the increasing focus on global bio-diversity, and the architectural elements that make each greenhouse unique.

Paul Bennett is senior editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

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This unique book presents the architectural and horticultural history of a collection of public garden conservatories in the United States. After an introduction to the purpose, background, and infrastructure of conservatories, Cunningham, a freelance writer for various garden and home publications, presents a chronological tour of 25 examples of large public greenhouses. The great era of Victorian glasshouses began in the late 1800s with Golden Gate Park and lasted until the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was not until the 1960s that environmentalism spurred a resurgence in garden conservatory building, which continues today. Although some of the 170 color images are not sufficiently sharp, they do offer enticing views. The lack of botanical and architectural specificity makes this volume more popular than scholarly, but because it is one of the few texts to address this building type, it will be a welcome addition to large public and academic libraries. Jay Schafer, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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