Greenhouses and Conservatories
From the Orangery to the ConservatoryPeople have been looking for ways to protect fragile and tender plants since ancient China and the Roman Empire. Today's greenhouses originated in the mobile shelters designed in the Renaissance for the new species--orange and lemon trees, rare and precious spices--brought back to Europe during the great Age of Exploration. Glass PalacesUntil the early nineteenth century, greenhouses were the exclusive plaything of the aristocracy. It was the Industrial Revolution, coupled with the Victorian vision of improvement for the masses, that led to the building of the magnificent public greenhouses that grace so many cities today. From London to Philadelphia via Adelaide and Buenos Aires, discover the beauties of these awesome structures that pay tribute to their farsighted and inspired designers. The Conservatory: a Way of LifeThe conservatory today is as much of a lifestyle statement as it ever was. The difference is that today, anyone can owna conservatory, as long as they have a few square meters to glass over. This section is full of design ideas and hints on how to make the most of your space and the best materials to use for construction and decoration, and is illustrated with beautiful photographs of the greenhouses of the famous, past and present. Address BookA goldmine of stunning greenhouses to visit in Europe and North America, plus a list of addresses to help you start planning your own conservatory, however modest or ambitious. Also includes a list of Websites for further help and advice. When visiting the superb public gardens of London, New York or Paris, it is hard to remember that the magnificent palaces andcathedrals of soaring glass that we so admire today began life as simple mobile shelter
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