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Highlights from the NY Botanical Garden part 2

I loved the whimsical, fun nature of Yayoi Kusama's artwork; admission to the Garden is $35 but if you go on a day with nice weather you could easily spend all day here

I loved the whimsical, fun nature of Yayoi Kusama's artwork; admission to the Garden is $35 but if you go on a day with nice weather you could easily spend all day here

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, originally laid out in 1916 (by one of the few female landscape architects), features 3000  roses representing 700  different species, hybrids and cultivated varieties

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, originally laid out in 1916 (by one of the few female landscape architects), features 3000+ roses representing 700+ different species, hybrids and cultivated varieties

I don't think there's a more peaceful, relaxing place to walk anywhere in New York City; the main gardens and conservatory are close to the entrance but the rose garden was on the far side (there is a tram though)

I don't think there's a more peaceful, relaxing place to walk anywhere in New York City; the main gardens and conservatory are close to the entrance but the rose garden was on the far side (there is a tram though)

The Thain Family Forest is the largest existing remnant of the original forest which covered all of NYC before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century; it contains oaks, American beeches, cherry, birch and white ash trees, some more than 200 yrs old

The Thain Family Forest is the largest existing remnant of the original forest which covered all of NYC before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century; it contains oaks, American beeches, cherry, birch and white ash trees, some more than 200 yrs old

The robust Postillion shrubrose in vivid yellow has a rich fragrance and high winter hardiness; you really get a sense of the economic inequality that exists in NYC traveling by bus through the Bronx

The robust Postillion shrubrose in vivid yellow has a rich fragrance and high winter hardiness; you really get a sense of the economic inequality that exists in NYC traveling by bus through the Bronx

The Botanic Garden is located an hour away from lower Manhattan by bus and is next to the Bronx Zoo which I visited the last time I was in NYC

The Botanic Garden is located an hour away from lower Manhattan by bus and is next to the Bronx Zoo which I visited the last time I was in NYC

The Ruth Howell Vegetable Garden is the centerpiece of NYBG's Edible Academy; the acclaimed, 62-year-old garden-based education program helps locals better understand nutritional awareness and environmental stewardship

The Ruth Howell Vegetable Garden is the centerpiece of NYBG's Edible Academy; the acclaimed, 62-year-old garden-based education program helps locals better understand nutritional awareness and environmental stewardship

The tulip tree allee was planted in 1905 as a stately approach to the Mertz Library; originally the approach also had Carolina poplars but for some reason they were removed early on

The tulip tree allee was planted in 1905 as a stately approach to the Mertz Library; originally the approach also had Carolina poplars but for some reason they were removed early on

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees, Yoyoi Kusama, 2002-2021; the NYBG's extensive research facilities include a herbarium of 7.8 million specimens dating back 3  centuries, among the largest in the world

Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees, Yoyoi Kusama, 2002-2021; the NYBG's extensive research facilities include a herbarium of 7.8 million specimens dating back 3+ centuries, among the largest in the world

One of the most commonly cultivated alliums is Purple Sensation; dogs and cats are very susceptible to poisoning after the consumption of certain species of alliums

One of the most commonly cultivated alliums is Purple Sensation; dogs and cats are very susceptible to poisoning after the consumption of certain species of alliums

The Matelich Anninversary Peony Collection features 150  varieties including this one called Paconia Purple Phoenix Flying to the Sun; the Garden also has a 37-acre conifer collection

The Matelich Anninversary Peony Collection features 150+ varieties including this one called Paconia Purple Phoenix Flying to the Sun; the Garden also has a 37-acre conifer collection

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

There are dozens of humorous artworks by Yayoi Kusama, such as Dancing Pumpkin, that help substantially drive attendance; each year new pieces and attractions are added to keep the idea fresh

Tepejilote Cimarron is a palm native to Mexico that has ovoid-ellipsoid fruits, greenish-yellow in color that turn orange and then red when fully ripe

Tepejilote Cimarron is a palm native to Mexico that has ovoid-ellipsoid fruits, greenish-yellow in color that turn orange and then red when fully ripe

The Mysore clockvine is native to southern and tropical India (and named for the city of Mysore); the vine (with dramatic blossoms) is ideally suited to pergolas and grows quickly in frost-free climates

The Mysore clockvine is native to southern and tropical India (and named for the city of Mysore); the vine (with dramatic blossoms) is ideally suited to pergolas and grows quickly in frost-free climates

The Sudanese aloe blooms primarily in the winter and makes a long-lasting cut flower; for more than a century after its opening, the NYBG refused to charge admission

The Sudanese aloe blooms primarily in the winter and makes a long-lasting cut flower; for more than a century after its opening, the NYBG refused to charge admission

Naturally occurring Eastern Cape blue cycads can only be found around the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage districts in South Africa; the species is threatened in its endemic region but is now grown worldwide

Naturally occurring Eastern Cape blue cycads can only be found around the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage districts in South Africa; the species is threatened in its endemic region but is now grown worldwide

Starry Pumpkin, Yoyoi Kusama, 2015; 1  million people visit the Garden annually including nearly 90,000 children from underserved neighboring communities

Starry Pumpkin, Yoyoi Kusama, 2015; 1+ million people visit the Garden annually including nearly 90,000 children from underserved neighboring communities

The inferno coleus has scorching deep orange leaves from early summer until first frost; NYBG operates one of the world's largest plant research and conservation programs

The inferno coleus has scorching deep orange leaves from early summer until first frost; NYBG operates one of the world's largest plant research and conservation programs

The NY Botanical Garden was established in 1891 and is located on a 250-acre site in the Bronx that contains a landscape with over one million living plants

The NY Botanical Garden was established in 1891 and is located on a 250-acre site in the Bronx that contains a landscape with over one million living plants

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Monet to Matisse: Impressionism to Modernism at the MFAH

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer, Durand-Ruel

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1907; in May 1909, Monet presented this work, along with 47 other water-lily paintings, at a highly successful exhibition in the gallery of his art dealer, Durand-Ruel

Rotterdam, the Bourse Bridge, Eugene Boudin, 1876; Claude Monet, who considered Boudin his only teacher, invited him to participate in the first Impressionist exhibition, to which Boudin submitted six works

Rotterdam, the Bourse Bridge, Eugene Boudin, 1876; Claude Monet, who considered Boudin his only teacher, invited him to participate in the first Impressionist exhibition, to which Boudin submitted six works

Portrait of a Young Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879; the greatest portraitist of the Impressionists, Renoir captures this young girl as she leans over the balustrade of a theater box

Portrait of a Young Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879; the greatest portraitist of the Impressionists, Renoir captures this young girl as she leans over the balustrade of a theater box

Chestnut Trees in Winter, Louveciennes, Camille Pissarro, 1872; one of the artists most faithful to the Impressionist movement, Pissarro primarily produced sensitively observed landscapes

Chestnut Trees in Winter, Louveciennes, Camille Pissarro, 1872; one of the artists most faithful to the Impressionist movement, Pissarro primarily produced sensitively observed landscapes

Portrait of Jean Monet, Claude Monet, c. 1869; a proud father, Claude Monet painted his son Jean, born 1867, repeatedly; the Monet to Matisse Exhibition runs through Sept 19 and costs a few extra dollars

Portrait of Jean Monet, Claude Monet, c. 1869; a proud father, Claude Monet painted his son Jean, born 1867, repeatedly; the Monet to Matisse Exhibition runs through Sept 19 and costs a few extra dollars

Portrait of Jane Thyldao, Pablo Picasso, 1901; nothing is known about the subject of this portrait, but her face and headdress closely resemble those of the woman in one of Picasso's most famous early portraits, Lady in Blue (also 1901)

Portrait of Jane Thyldao, Pablo Picasso, 1901; nothing is known about the subject of this portrait, but her face and headdress closely resemble those of the woman in one of Picasso's most famous early portraits, Lady in Blue (also 1901)

Self-Portrait, Sarah Bernhardt, ca. 1910; not only the most celebrated actress of her time, Bernhardt was also an extraordinarily accomplished painter and sculptor who had works accepted by the Paris Salon

Self-Portrait, Sarah Bernhardt, ca. 1910; not only the most celebrated actress of her time, Bernhardt was also an extraordinarily accomplished painter and sculptor who had works accepted by the Paris Salon

The Port of Cassis, Charles Camoin, 1904-05; personally I didn't care for this painting but since Cassis is one of my favorite French towns I had to include it; admission to the museum is free on Thursdays

The Port of Cassis, Charles Camoin, 1904-05; personally I didn't care for this painting but since Cassis is one of my favorite French towns I had to include it; admission to the museum is free on Thursdays

Boats on the Beach at Etretat, Claude Monet, 1883; possibly inspired by Courbet, Monet rented his house in Giverny to spend time painting in Normandy where he had painted previously in 1868-69

Boats on the Beach at Etretat, Claude Monet, 1883; possibly inspired by Courbet, Monet rented his house in Giverny to spend time painting in Normandy where he had painted previously in 1868-69

The Loing Canal, Alfred Sisley, 1884; one of my favorite French Impressionists, here Sisley paints one of the canals that made shipping from Paris to Lyon possible

The Loing Canal, Alfred Sisley, 1884; one of my favorite French Impressionists, here Sisley paints one of the canals that made shipping from Paris to Lyon possible

The Maures Mountain Chain, Provence, Henri Cross, 1906-07; although Cross remained faithful to his Pointillist technique, the innovations of the Fauves can clearly be felt by Cross' use of intense colors

The Maures Mountain Chain, Provence, Henri Cross, 1906-07; although Cross remained faithful to his Pointillist technique, the innovations of the Fauves can clearly be felt by Cross' use of intense colors

The Bell Tower of Saint-Tropez, Paul Signac, 1900; through the use of dots of unmixed color, the Pointillists sought to achieve the greatest luminosity and harmony in their paintings

The Bell Tower of Saint-Tropez, Paul Signac, 1900; through the use of dots of unmixed color, the Pointillists sought to achieve the greatest luminosity and harmony in their paintings

The Japanese Footbridge at Giverny, Claude Monet, ca. 1922; Monet was in his eighties and affected by failing eyesight when he painted this piece; the strident color scheme and vigorously applied paint give it a shocking look

The Japanese Footbridge at Giverny, Claude Monet, ca. 1922; Monet was in his eighties and affected by failing eyesight when he painted this piece; the strident color scheme and vigorously applied paint give it a shocking look

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The rapidly changing skyline in Austin, Texas

Austin had a population of 961,855 in the 2020 census, up from 790,491 at the 2010 census; the  Austin–Round Rock metro area (which doesn't include San Antonio) had an estimated population of 2,295,303 as of 2020, a roughly 84% increase from the year 2000

Austin had a population of 961,855 in the 2020 census, up from 790,491 at the 2010 census; the Austin–Round Rock metro area (which doesn't include San Antonio) had an estimated population of 2,295,303 as of 2020, a roughly 84% increase from the year 2000

It was a gorgeous summer day so I wanted to walk around Lady Bird Lake but my back and left foot were hurting so bad that I decided it might be easier to see the city from a kayak

It was a gorgeous summer day so I wanted to walk around Lady Bird Lake but my back and left foot were hurting so bad that I decided it might be easier to see the city from a kayak

Google has leased this 35 story tower by the same architects who designed the 60 story Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur; Google employs 1000  in Austin

Google has leased this 35 story tower by the same architects who designed the 60 story Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur; Google employs 1000+ in Austin

This construction scene is typical of Austin these days except for the gridlocked traffic which I didn't photograph; Austin is now the second most-populous state capitol city in the nation (trailing only Phoenix)

This construction scene is typical of Austin these days except for the gridlocked traffic which I didn't photograph; Austin is now the second most-populous state capitol city in the nation (trailing only Phoenix)

A new state office building, underground parking and public green space are being built on Congress Avenue across from the Bullock TX Histtory Museum; the tree-lined promenade will provide a beautiful space leading all the way to the Texas Capitol

A new state office building, underground parking and public green space are being built on Congress Avenue across from the Bullock TX Histtory Museum; the tree-lined promenade will provide a beautiful space leading all the way to the Texas Capitol

Northshore is a new 38 story building with 429 luxury apartments starting at just $2400 per month (but on the second floor) and adjacent to the Google building

Northshore is a new 38 story building with 429 luxury apartments starting at just $2400 per month (but on the second floor) and adjacent to the Google building

Austin's skyline historically was modest, dominated by the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas Main Building but now you can't see either one; the tallest condo towers in the state (58 and 56 stories) are in Austin

Austin's skyline historically was modest, dominated by the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas Main Building but now you can't see either one; the tallest condo towers in the state (58 and 56 stories) are in Austin

The Long Center for the Performing Arts (2008) is the home of the Austin Symphony, Austin Opera and Ballet Austin; it replaced the Palmer Municipal Auditorium which was the site of a sold-out dinner for President Kennedy on November 22, 1963

The Long Center for the Performing Arts (2008) is the home of the Austin Symphony, Austin Opera and Ballet Austin; it replaced the Palmer Municipal Auditorium which was the site of a sold-out dinner for President Kennedy on November 22, 1963

Kids were jumping off this bridge into Barton Creek; it's just amazing to me how much Austin has changed since I first visited in the 1980's when it was a small, college town to today where it's the 11th largest city in the country

Kids were jumping off this bridge into Barton Creek; it's just amazing to me how much Austin has changed since I first visited in the 1980's when it was a small, college town to today where it's the 11th largest city in the country

Ben Affleck is about to start shooting a new movie in Austin and supposedly he and Jennifer Lopez are renting a place here; they'll join Lance Armstrong, Drew Brees, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Roddick and Dan Rather

Ben Affleck is about to start shooting a new movie in Austin and supposedly he and Jennifer Lopez are renting a place here; they'll join Lance Armstrong, Drew Brees, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Roddick and Dan Rather

UT now has more than 50,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the country; the party scene, even during the day, still seems alive and well in Austin

UT now has more than 50,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the country; the party scene, even during the day, still seems alive and well in Austin

The waters of Lady Bird Lake were pretty disgusting with lots of trash and an algae bloom that prompted signs warning dog owners to not let their pets near the water; despite this, there were tons of turtles

The waters of Lady Bird Lake were pretty disgusting with lots of trash and an algae bloom that prompted signs warning dog owners to not let their pets near the water; despite this, there were tons of turtles

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Columbia SC Museum of Art part 1

The current museum building opened in 1998 taking over the site where Macy's and Belk department stores once stood; the museum was founded in 1908 but expanded quickly with the donation of 78 pieces in 1954 by the Kress Foundation

The current museum building opened in 1998 taking over the site where Macy's and Belk department stores once stood; the museum was founded in 1908 but expanded quickly with the donation of 78 pieces in 1954 by the Kress Foundation

Chandelier, Antonio Salviati, c. 1880; a lawyer by profession, the artist became fanatical about reviving the glory days of 18th century Venetian glassmaking; one of my favorite pieces in the museum!

Chandelier, Antonio Salviati, c. 1880; a lawyer by profession, the artist became fanatical about reviving the glory days of 18th century Venetian glassmaking; one of my favorite pieces in the museum!

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 2010; this massive chandelier hangs in the atrium welcoming visitors to the museum; admission was $8 with the museum located in the center of downtown Columbia

Untitled, Dale Chihuly, 2010; this massive chandelier hangs in the atrium welcoming visitors to the museum; admission was $8 with the museum located in the center of downtown Columbia

General George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, 1780; the artist served in the Revolutionary War as a captain but would achieve fame for his many portraits of the man who would become the United States' first President

General George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, 1780; the artist served in the Revolutionary War as a captain but would achieve fame for his many portraits of the man who would become the United States' first President

Bureau, Thomas Day, 1855; a free Black man during the times of slavery, Day operated one of the most successful cabinet shops in NC prior to the Civil War

Bureau, Thomas Day, 1855; a free Black man during the times of slavery, Day operated one of the most successful cabinet shops in NC prior to the Civil War

Storyteller, Chinese, Eastern Han Dynasty, 25 AD; the goal of this humorous figure was to represent a storyteller that would entertain the deceased in the afterlife by telling fanciful tales

Storyteller, Chinese, Eastern Han Dynasty, 25 AD; the goal of this humorous figure was to represent a storyteller that would entertain the deceased in the afterlife by telling fanciful tales

Bonjour Teapot from No. 5948 Pattern, Clarice Cliff, 1934; the artist's daring ceramic forms and brightly hand-painted designs brought everyday dishware careening into the Jazz Age

Bonjour Teapot from No. 5948 Pattern, Clarice Cliff, 1934; the artist's daring ceramic forms and brightly hand-painted designs brought everyday dishware careening into the Jazz Age

Cuneiform Clay Tablet, Mesopotamian Period from Assyria, c. 12th to 7th  centuries BC; cuneiform is the earliest known form of writing and was first developed as a way to record business transactions

Cuneiform Clay Tablet, Mesopotamian Period from Assyria, c. 12th to 7th centuries BC; cuneiform is the earliest known form of writing and was first developed as a way to record business transactions

By the Windowsill, Luigi Lucioni, 1932; so realistic is Lucioni's painting that it's easy to assume there is a dog in the window rather than a vase designed to look like a dog

By the Windowsill, Luigi Lucioni, 1932; so realistic is Lucioni's painting that it's easy to assume there is a dog in the window rather than a vase designed to look like a dog

Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, Renee Cox, 1998; in this prophetic work, Cox paints her alter ego as a superhero who fights racial stereotypes and teaches children about Black history

Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, Renee Cox, 1998; in this prophetic work, Cox paints her alter ego as a superhero who fights racial stereotypes and teaches children about Black history

Sky Window, Gene Davis, 1981; working as a journalist in the late 1940s, he covered the Roosevelt and Truman presidential administrations, and was often President Truman's partner for poker games

Sky Window, Gene Davis, 1981; working as a journalist in the late 1940s, he covered the Roosevelt and Truman presidential administrations, and was often President Truman's partner for poker games

Book of Hours, Anonymous (from Brugges), c. 1450; a book of hours is a prayer book containing excerpts from the Bible meant to be read at certain hours of the day; before the development of movable type, each book was handwritten and hand-illustrated

Book of Hours, Anonymous (from Brugges), c. 1450; a book of hours is a prayer book containing excerpts from the Bible meant to be read at certain hours of the day; before the development of movable type, each book was handwritten and hand-illustrated

The Undiscovered Country, Mary Evelyn Pickering de Morgan, 1894; the artist was a big proponent of women's suffrage as well as a pacifist; during the first half of her marriage she even supported (well ahead of her time) her husband's pottery business

The Undiscovered Country, Mary Evelyn Pickering de Morgan, 1894; the artist was a big proponent of women's suffrage as well as a pacifist; during the first half of her marriage she even supported (well ahead of her time) her husband's pottery business

Unidentified Portrait, Christopher Murphy Jr, 1937; one of Savannah's most accomplished and beloved artists, Murphy found it inspirational to paint children of all classes and backgrounds

Unidentified Portrait, Christopher Murphy Jr, 1937; one of Savannah's most accomplished and beloved artists, Murphy found it inspirational to paint children of all classes and backgrounds

Soup Tureen and Stand, Chinese (for the French market), 1795; note how the urn's stem outlines the spectral images of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI!; despite the arrival of Limoges and Sevres, Chinese porcelain remained popular

Soup Tureen and Stand, Chinese (for the French market), 1795; note how the urn's stem outlines the spectral images of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI!; despite the arrival of Limoges and Sevres, Chinese porcelain remained popular

Still Life with Fruit, Severin Roesen, 1850; trained as a china and enamel painter in his native Germany, Roesen emigrated to the US in 1848 where he was able to support himself through his painting, a rarity at the time

Still Life with Fruit, Severin Roesen, 1850; trained as a china and enamel painter in his native Germany, Roesen emigrated to the US in 1848 where he was able to support himself through his painting, a rarity at the time

Card Table, George Seddon, c. 1790; probably used in a ladies drawing room or parlor, this satinwood table could have been used for games of Whist or for gambling which was popular among all social classes

Card Table, George Seddon, c. 1790; probably used in a ladies drawing room or parlor, this satinwood table could have been used for games of Whist or for gambling which was popular among all social classes

Ewer with Dragon Handle, the Venice and Murano Glass Co., 1890; once the pandemic has abated and it's safe to travel abroad, I'd love to visit Murano (and Burano) again if anyone wants to go

Ewer with Dragon Handle, the Venice and Murano Glass Co., 1890; once the pandemic has abated and it's safe to travel abroad, I'd love to visit Murano (and Burano) again if anyone wants to go

Square Dance, Kyra Markham, 1945; during WW2, Markham devoted her art to anti-Nazi propaganda; here she uses the square dance to symbolize the triumph of American values over tyranny

Square Dance, Kyra Markham, 1945; during WW2, Markham devoted her art to anti-Nazi propaganda; here she uses the square dance to symbolize the triumph of American values over tyranny

The Bronco Rider, Frederic Remington, 1895; this was the artist's first attempt at sculpting after a successful career painting and illustrating; the Rough Riders gave Teddy Roosevelt a casting of this sculpture as a tribute in 1898

The Bronco Rider, Frederic Remington, 1895; this was the artist's first attempt at sculpting after a successful career painting and illustrating; the Rough Riders gave Teddy Roosevelt a casting of this sculpture as a tribute in 1898

Armoire, Louis Majorelle, c. 1900; the natural aspects of this Art Nouveau armoire are plentiful, including tulips, birds and trees in varied wood veneers as well as a surveying cat

Armoire, Louis Majorelle, c. 1900; the natural aspects of this Art Nouveau armoire are plentiful, including tulips, birds and trees in varied wood veneers as well as a surveying cat

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Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Garden

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

The Conservatory is located in Baltimore's largest park, Druid Hill; the 745 acre park is among the oldest landscaped public parks in the country and also houses the Maryland Zoo

The Conservatory is located in Baltimore's largest park, Druid Hill; the 745 acre park is among the oldest landscaped public parks in the country and also houses the Maryland Zoo

The Conservatory says red velvet ginger is native to Australia yet Wikipedia says Costa Rica so take your pick; I just like the uniqueness and color scheme with the species pollinated by hummingbirds

The Conservatory says red velvet ginger is native to Australia yet Wikipedia says Costa Rica so take your pick; I just like the uniqueness and color scheme with the species pollinated by hummingbirds

What perfect golden, barrel cacti!; the species is endangered in its native Mexico with much of its habitat destroyed when a dam was built in the state of Hidalgo

What perfect golden, barrel cacti!; the species is endangered in its native Mexico with much of its habitat destroyed when a dam was built in the state of Hidalgo

The Palm House was the original Conservatory building and is the second oldest glass and steel building still in use in the US; these houses were the rage in Victorian times as the wealthy acquired plants during their travels

The Palm House was the original Conservatory building and is the second oldest glass and steel building still in use in the US; these houses were the rage in Victorian times as the wealthy acquired plants during their travels

The Toothpick Cactus is native to the deserts and dry forest (Gran Chaco) of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay with adults growing to 25  ft; the species is certainly aptly named!

The Toothpick Cactus is native to the deserts and dry forest (Gran Chaco) of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay with adults growing to 25+ ft; the species is certainly aptly named!

Native to Mexico, this Queen Victoria Agave in the Desert House has a 12 ft tall flower spike that is pushing the bounds of the ceiling; despite being small, there were lots of interesting species here

Native to Mexico, this Queen Victoria Agave in the Desert House has a 12 ft tall flower spike that is pushing the bounds of the ceiling; despite being small, there were lots of interesting species here

The yellow flowers appear only rarely on the bunny ears cactus; instead of spines the plant has tiny glochids which detach en masse when touched and will cause considerable skin irritation

The yellow flowers appear only rarely on the bunny ears cactus; instead of spines the plant has tiny glochids which detach en masse when touched and will cause considerable skin irritation

There are 30,000  species of orchids and 100,000  registered hybrids; the Conservatory is run by the city and, given its small size, could never be a profitable operation

There are 30,000+ species of orchids and 100,000+ registered hybrids; the Conservatory is run by the city and, given its small size, could never be a profitable operation

The other cacti in the Desert House were dwarfed by this massive yucca; Joshua trees are a variety of yucca and the yucca is also the state flower of New Mexico

The other cacti in the Desert House were dwarfed by this massive yucca; Joshua trees are a variety of yucca and the yucca is also the state flower of New Mexico

The Ponderosa Lemon originated in 1887in Hagerstown MD as a chance seedling that is a natural hybrid of pomelo and citron; while these monster fruit are much larger than that of a normal lemon, they have the same flavor and acidity

The Ponderosa Lemon originated in 1887in Hagerstown MD as a chance seedling that is a natural hybrid of pomelo and citron; while these monster fruit are much larger than that of a normal lemon, they have the same flavor and acidity

Lace Aloe is native to Lesotho and South Africa with its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers attracting birds, bees, and wasps easily; botany lovers really need to visit the Cape Town region for unique plants

Lace Aloe is native to Lesotho and South Africa with its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers attracting birds, bees, and wasps easily; botany lovers really need to visit the Cape Town region for unique plants

The Black Rose Aeonium is a beautiful succulent whose stems hold large, terminal rosettes of very dark purple, almost black, leaves; the unique colors have made it a popular with landscape gardeners

The Black Rose Aeonium is a beautiful succulent whose stems hold large, terminal rosettes of very dark purple, almost black, leaves; the unique colors have made it a popular with landscape gardeners

Colorful bloom on an Indian fig cactus (aka prickly pear); this species is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus grown primarily as a fruit crop but also for the vegetable nopales

Colorful bloom on an Indian fig cactus (aka prickly pear); this species is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus grown primarily as a fruit crop but also for the vegetable nopales

Although strikingly similar in appearance, the Madagascar ocotillo here is not closely related to the ocotillo of the Sonoran Deserts in North America

Although strikingly similar in appearance, the Madagascar ocotillo here is not closely related to the ocotillo of the Sonoran Deserts in North America

The Orchid Room, like all other parts of the Conservatory, was quite small but full of gorgeous blooms; 1 in 10 of the earth’s plant species is an orchid!

The Orchid Room, like all other parts of the Conservatory, was quite small but full of gorgeous blooms; 1 in 10 of the earth’s plant species is an orchid!

This Kenyan cactus just looked too much like lots of snakes to me!; the Conservatory is named for the father of former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

This Kenyan cactus just looked too much like lots of snakes to me!; the Conservatory is named for the father of former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Known for its bright red, fuzzy, caterpillar-like flowers, chenille is an evergreen plant commonly grown as a seasonal annual or houseplant; it is endemic to areas around Malaysia but now has widespread adaptation

Known for its bright red, fuzzy, caterpillar-like flowers, chenille is an evergreen plant commonly grown as a seasonal annual or houseplant; it is endemic to areas around Malaysia but now has widespread adaptation

Most plants in the Tropical House were identified but some, like this cool spiky species, were not; I was surprised at how crowded the Conservatory was given its out of the way location and small size

Most plants in the Tropical House were identified but some, like this cool spiky species, were not; I was surprised at how crowded the Conservatory was given its out of the way location and small size

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