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Barbican Conservatory

BARBICAN CONSERVATORY.


An unexpected tropical paradise of over 2,000 plants, Koi Carp and birds can be found hidden away on the third floor of the Barbican Centre in central London. Open on Sunday afternoons it is the second largest of its kind in the capital and free to enter. Opened in 1984, the 2,100 square metres site features some mature Ficus trees giving great scale together with bamboo and palms which reach high up to the giant glass ceiling. Sights of London can be seen through the balconies’ windows; light and shade varying around the change of level to the upper section – leading to a succulents and orchids room. There are some wonderful tropical textures here, the plants thriving well in the acidic soil specially irrigated to suit the conditions. Hard to believe how huge some of the palms are growing in so little soil.
 

1. Bryophyllum 2. Mackaya 3. Bryophyllum 4. Asparagus 5. Ficus 6. Brunfelsia 7. Arthropodium 8. Bismarckia 9. x citrofortunella 10. Strelitzia 11. Philodendron 12. Plectranthus. All photographs by Amir Schlezinger.

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  1. Bryophyllum manginii


Bryophyllum manginii

  2. Mackaya bella


Mackaya bella

  3. Bryophyllum delagoense


Bryophyllum delagoense

  4. Asparagus setaceus with orchids

 
Asparagus setaceus with orchids  

  5. Ficus benjamina


Ficus benjamina

  6. Brunfelsia pauciflora


Brunfelsia pauciflora

  7. Arthropodium cirrhatum


Arthropodium cirrhatum

8. Bismarckia nobilis

 
Bismarckia nobilis

9. x citrofortunella mitis

 
x citrofortunella mitis

10. Strelitzia nicolai

 
Strelitzia nicolai

11. Philodendron bipinnatifidum

 
Philodendron bipinnatifidum

12. Plectranthus zuluensis

 
Plectranthus zuluensis




amir   Written and posted by Amir Schlezinger.




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