Winter is here and it’s cold outside. To keep warm HenFeathers is celebrating the indoor sun room. Sometimes called the solarium or conservatory, the home version of the sun room can be any sunny area filled with plants, vases, and water features. It can be a fully dedicated room with lots of glass and built in flower beds or just a sun filled corner of the family room with greenery filled containers and perhaps a special wall or tabletop fountain.
We visited one the most renowned gardens in the country, the conservatory at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania to see what tips we could pick up from the pros.
The Main Conservatory at Longwood is a huge indoor space with twenty or so large themed areas or rooms. The East Conservatory and Exhibition Hall are noted for the water features, fountains and falls. Impressive. A tropical escape from the snow and ice outside.Originally, conservatories began in England as Orangeries to grow citrus fruits and indeed, Longwood has its Orangery as well as a Tropical Terrace, Orchid house, Rose House, rooms dedicated to ferns and palms and more. We were overwhelmed with the great rooms, but admired the small vignettes with creative plantings and vessels.
As it turns out, the main elements of the successful conservatory are light, greenery and water, creatively applied with touches of whimsey and unexpected flashes of color, arranged in vases, planters, urns and other carefully selected containers that make your statement. Toss in a garden bench or seat, sprinkle with an appropriate wall plaque or tile and throw whimsical sculpture or two and you’ve got yourself a great space to escape the winter doldrums. Lessons that anyone can apply to their indoor garden space.