Sunday, February 3, 2013

Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory

matthaei botanical gardens conservatory by Andypiper
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory

matthaei botanical gardens conservatory, a photo by Andypiper on Flickr.

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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The Conservatory displays plants from three major life and climate zones—or "biomes"—around the world. Each biome has its own section, or "house" introduced below. Our living collections serve class and faculty use in a wide range of sciences and the arts. The plants are selected to represent:

important vegetation types in each biome

plant diversity through evolution

species or habitats at risk of extinction

human domesticates of special interest as medicinal or iconic plants
The Conservatory was opened in 1964. It is a commission by Alden B. Dow and is an exceptionally rare structure. It is believed to be the largest free-span (no supporting columns) Conservatory of its structural style and represents a technological limit of architectural materials and climatic controls in the era before computer models.

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