Category Archives: Vertical Gardens

Fern Canyon

Fern Canyon

Imagine walking through a narrow canyon where the walls are completely covered by luxuriant ferns and mosses and are dripping with moisture.

That describes Fern Canyon, an unforgettable natural wonder that Steven Spielberg chose as a location for Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World.

This level trail of about one mile follows Home Creek as it courses through the forest. This modest stream has over the eons carved a deep (50 to 80 feet) canyon through the sedimentary soils. The vertical walls sprout an amazing variety of ferns (five different kinds) and other moisture-loving plants and mosses. Depending on the time of year, there is a constant drip-drip of water trickling down the canyon walls.

Published at: www.onlyinyourstate.com/northern-california/incredible-no…

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Posted by Kirt Edblom on 2014-10-08 13:18:25

Tagged: , California , State park , Fern , Ferns , Nikon , Nikon D7100 , Fern Canyon , Redwood , Redwoods , Prairie Creek , Park , Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park , Hike , Home Creek , Green , Vacation , 2014 , overcast , HDR , Canyon , EasyHDR , Highway 101 , Humboldt , Humboldt County , Gaylene , Wife , Scenic , milf , Outdoor , Forest , Water , Landscape , Stream , Serene , Plants , Plant , Tree , Trail , Creek , Northern California

Garden Llama, Central District, Seattle

Garden Llama, Central District, Seattle

Verticals

Posted by Blinking Charlie on 2014-10-31 02:33:11

Tagged: , 15th Avenue , Central Area , Central District , Second Hill , garden , statue , llama , campion , hollyhocks , morning , Victorian screen door , shallow depth of field , Fujifilm X-E1 , Blinking Charlie , Seattle , Washington State , USA , 2014

Roraima Nursery and display garden (final set of 18 photos

Roraima Nursery and display garden (final set of 18 photos

Nearly 3 acres of display gardens are currently under development at Roraima Nursery. Combining a unique terrain with innovative landscaping concepts using rocks and industrial artifacts, the gardens will showcase how cacti and succulents can be combined with other plants such as palms and pines to create a beautiful and dramatic garden that is both low in maintenance and requires little water..
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The gardens will be open to the public from Saturday 29th of April 2017..
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History.
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Roraima Nursery was formerly known as Lara Plant Farm. Established in the 1960s, Lara Plant Farm was well known throughout Geelong and many people have fond memories of visiting the Farm with their parents, playing on the trampolines in the then carpark playground, and visiting the birds in the large aviaries built throughout the retail area..
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flower sculpture.
A fauna park was established in the early 1990s. However, the recession that soon followed took a heavy toll and by the time new owners Lyle and Cheryl Filippe took over in 2001 the fauna park had closed and the Nursery was in need of a major overhaul. Removing the old aviaries and creating a more open shop area surrounded by garden beds, the new Nursery is now vibrant and beautiful, once again delighting all who visit..
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Mount Roraima.
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Situated on the borders of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil, Mount Roraima is a famous example of tepui, or table-top mountain. Separated from the surrounding plateau by nearly vertical cliffs, the flat top of Mount Roraima remained a mystery to explorers from the time of the discovery of the mountain by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 16th Century until the cliffs were finally scaled in the 1880s. The mountain inspired the famous novel "The Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in which explorers reached the flat top to discover a haven of dinosaurs still living..
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When Nursery owner Lyle Filippe climbed Mount Roraima in 1998, there were no dinosaurs to be seen! but he was delighted to see many plants that are unique to the mountain top, and beautiful outcroppings of rock and crystal. Returning to Australia Lyle was inspired to name his nursery after the beautiful mountain..
Roraima Nursery has the widest variety of cacti and succulents in the Geelong region. Some of the more popular genera of cacti we stock are: Mammillaria, Notocactus, Oreocereus, Gymnocalycium, and Lobivia. Among our succulent range we have Aloe, Agave, Crassula, Gasteria, Haworthia, Echeveria, Sedum, Faucaria, Yucca, Cotyledon, and Aeonium. .
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Some of the more unusual plants among our range include Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephants foot), Dracaena draco (Dragon Tree), and Furcraeas. We also stock Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle Tree).
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We are currently building an extensive collection of cacti and succulents (not open for public viewing) from which an even larger variety of plants will soon be available for purchase. These will be of particular interest to collectors and will be available through mail order or online, or from the Nursery directly.

Posted by Lesley A Butler on 2017-06-16 04:39:57

Tagged: , winter , succulents , Roraima Nursery , plants , nature , Australia , Lara , Victoria

My Hometown

My Hometown

Ostrava – Poruba from the roof of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava.
Name inspired by Bruce Springsteen.
Nikon D800 + Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G
Panorama from 9 photos (7 horizontal + 2 vertical center).

Posted by maty.as on 2013-05-21 13:09:40

Tagged: , Nikon , D800 , Ostrava , Poruba , VSB-TUO , Rooftop , Panorama , clouds , sky , town , city , sorela

Mycena sp 191116-0042

Mycena sp  191116-0042

Posted by Eduardo Estéllez on 2017-03-12 18:07:02

Tagged: , small , forest , trees , chestnut , background , white , beautiful , nature , green , color , sp , mycena , food , closeup , natural , season , macro , nobody , outdoors , group , detail , wild , autumn , growth , fall , growing , trunk , tiny , mushroom , woodland , vertical , park , ground , dangerous , woods , log , fungus , colony , fungi , mycology , mushrooms , chestnut trees , hervas , extremadura , spain , estellez , eduardo estellez

2014 – San Diego – Balboa Park – Laguna de las Flores

2014 - San Diego - Balboa Park - Laguna de las Flores

The majority of the buildings in Balboa Park are similar in architectural merit to Casa Del Prado. The Botanical Building is the exception.
The view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond and Lagoon (Laguna de las Flores) in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park.

From: Tanglewood Conservatories, Inc., 15 Engerman Avenue, Denton, MD 21629

The only known conservatory in the world built with no glass (only wood lath) is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Balboa Park’s history dates back to 1868 but it wasn’t until city leaders, planning for the First World’s Fair: The 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, that Balboa Park and many of its modern-day tourist attractions, including the Botanical Building, were built. The Botanical Building is also one of the largest lath structures in the world.

According to author Richard Amero, Alfred D. Robinson, the founder and president of the San Diego Floral Society, suggested the building of the lath house as a featured part of the Exposition, which was planned to open to the public on January 1, 1915. The primary designers of the architectural plans for the Exposition, architects John C. Olmsted and Bertram Goodhue, did not originally have plans for such a unique structure. Olmsted, and Irving Gill, another architect brought on to assist in the planning, liked the idea but it wasn’t until Robinson wrote down a dream that he had one night, that the plans for the Botanical Building really took shape.

He said, “We were in the largest lath house ever projected as a pleasure resort. Where the band played and we sat was a great central dome, 500 feet in diameter, arched over by a domed roof rising fifty feet in the air. Up its supporting columns ran choice vines, jasmines of such sweet savor, begonias and tecomas of gaudy hue and the curious Dutchman’s pipe. Palms from many lands and of many forms lined the borders and were in beds here and there while begonias and other foliage plants nestled at their feet. In the air hung orchids with their strangely beautiful blossoms.

From this central court ran out six great arms or aisles and in each were gathered and growing in graceful harmony a great family of plants. There were thousands and thousands of varieties and each was plainly labeled. The lighting had been carefully planned so as not to strike the eye offensively and the whole effect was absolutely entrancing.”

Goodhue and Director-General of the Exposition, D.C. Collier and Director of Works, Frank P. Allen are all credited, along with Thomas P. Hunter, a structural engineer, with having had a hand in the shape the Botanical Building was built in, this was a departure from the original plans for the building, which had first been conceived as a Spanish- Renaissance palace.

Excavations for the Botanical Building began in August 1913; the steel arrived in November. In July 1914, it was reported by the San Diego Sun newspaper that the Botanical Building was complete. “The largest lath house in the world” measured an impressive 250 feet long, 75 feet wide and 60 feet tall. The entrance was formed by five arches. Two of which, on the left and the right, were crowned by octagonal shaped Persian-style domes. The three intervening arches were originally enclosed by glass panes that separated in to horizontal and vertical sash panels. Redwood dowels later replaced the glass panes during a 1957-59 renovation.

The top middle section of the Botanical Building is separated from the side wing barrel vaults by a large arch that surrounds straight vertical laths. This arch is topped by a dome, which is crowned by a graceful open cupola. The vaults and dome are held together by steel trusses that support 70,000 feet of curved redwood lath that follows the shape of the building.

Paul Thiene, the Superintendent of Landscaping, began preparing the plants to be transplanted to the Botanical Building as early as 1912. Most of the plants: palms, bamboos, Aralia chabrierii and Aralia elegantissima, and banana trees, were not potted by grew from subsoil. Birdcages were hidden among the larger plants and trees and contained canaries, linnets, and thrushes. The plants were watered by hand and by overhead pipes containing spray nozzles.

In 1915, as editor of the California Garden publication, Alfred Robinson wrote, “Let us be thankful for our Horticultural [Botanical] Building. With that title it could hardly be a true lath house, but let us think of ten acres under a lathed-in pergola, partly on the flat, partly going in steps down into a canyon, lighted cunningly as with fireflies, and let us think hard enough to bring the reality before some other place seizes the idea and reaps the reward of originality.” This leads us to conclude that Robinson was not truly happy with how the building turned out. And, as Richard Amero also points out, “Anyone who has visited the many conservatories in the United States, like the Conservatory in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, the Conservatory in Garfield Park, Chicago, the Conservatory in Como Park, Saint Paul, and the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, must experience a letdown when they are inside the Botanical Building. Gardeners are conscientious and knowledgeable about plants, but they are constrained by the size of the building, by the many potted plants that have to be taken out as blooms fade, and by the unruly nature of plants that periodically burst through the roof.

Mildew, termites and rust are perpetual problems. Pigeons are a nuisance as are — though the gardeners might not like to say so — people who are continually taking away plants by the roots and as cuttings.” [Apparently and sadly, visitors are known to steal plants from the pots they grow in.]

However, even though it has its limitations, San Diegans continue to want to keep the Botanical Building. It was renovated in 2002 at the cost of ten times its 1915 cost and eight times its 1957-59 cost! The San Diego Botanical Building continues to be a huge “must-see” destination for visitors to San Diego. There are 2,100 permanent plants on display. Included in the display is a fun, just-for-kids, area that features a “Carnivorous Plant Bog”, with Pitcher Plants and Venus Fly Traps. There are also “Touch and Smell Gardens” that have unusual varieties of plants that feature special aromas such as chocolate and lemon mint.

Posted by Ted’s photos – Off & On on 2015-03-14 14:29:45

Tagged: , San Diego , Ted McGrath , Ted’s photos , Balboa Park , San Diego Balboa Park , San Diego Calif , San Diego California , Lagoon , Botanical Building , Balboa Park Botanical Building , Conservatory , Tanglewood Conservatories, Inc , San Diego’s Balboa Park , Panama-California Exposition , NIKON , NIKON FX , D600 , Cropped , Vignetting , Lath structure , Reflection , Water Reflection , Flowers , Flora , Pool , Reflecting Pool , Fence , Lighting , Walkway , Arches , Palm Trees , Palms , Dome , Seating , Seats , Garden , Flower Garden , Laguna de las Flores , 2014

Through the Veil

Through the Veil

Horizons by Phil Koch.
Lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
phil-koch.artistwebsites.com
www.facebook.com/MyHorizons

Posted by Phil~Koch on 2014-05-07 23:39:37

Tagged: , shadows , park , tree , trees , shadow , spring , winter , ice , horizons , horizon , landscapes , sunrise , sunset , wisconsin , phil koch , meadow , floral , clouds , sky , scenic , vertical , photography , red , green , blue , fall , leaves , orange , yellow , office , portrait , serene , autumn , twilight , summer , sun , agriculture , morning , field , dawn , nature , natural light , peace , photograph , earth , love , environment , farm , farmland , inspired , inspirational , National Geographic , season , snow , storm , rain , wind , wild flowers , flower

Roraima at Lara ( another set of 14)

Roraima at Lara ( another set of 14)

Nearly 3 acres of display gardens are currently under development at Roraima Nursery. Combining a unique terrain with innovative landscaping concepts using rocks and industrial artifacts, the gardens will showcase how cacti and succulents can be combined with other plants such as palms and pines to create a beautiful and dramatic garden that is both low in maintenance and requires little water..
.
The gardens will be open to the public from Saturday 29th of April 2017..
.
History.
.
Roraima Nursery was formerly known as Lara Plant Farm. Established in the 1960s, Lara Plant Farm was well known throughout Geelong and many people have fond memories of visiting the Farm with their parents, playing on the trampolines in the then carpark playground, and visiting the birds in the large aviaries built throughout the retail area..
.
flower sculpture.
A fauna park was established in the early 1990s. However, the recession that soon followed took a heavy toll and by the time new owners Lyle and Cheryl Filippe took over in 2001 the fauna park had closed and the Nursery was in need of a major overhaul. Removing the old aviaries and creating a more open shop area surrounded by garden beds, the new Nursery is now vibrant and beautiful, once again delighting all who visit..
.
Mount Roraima.
.
Situated on the borders of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil, Mount Roraima is a famous example of tepui, or table-top mountain. Separated from the surrounding plateau by nearly vertical cliffs, the flat top of Mount Roraima remained a mystery to explorers from the time of the discovery of the mountain by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 16th Century until the cliffs were finally scaled in the 1880s. The mountain inspired the famous novel "The Lost World" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in which explorers reached the flat top to discover a haven of dinosaurs still living..
.
When Nursery owner Lyle Filippe climbed Mount Roraima in 1998, there were no dinosaurs to be seen! but he was delighted to see many plants that are unique to the mountain top, and beautiful outcroppings of rock and crystal. Returning to Australia Lyle was inspired to name his nursery after the beautiful mountain..
Roraima Nursery has the widest variety of cacti and succulents in the Geelong region. Some of the more popular genera of cacti we stock are: Mammillaria, Notocactus, Oreocereus, Gymnocalycium, and Lobivia. Among our succulent range we have Aloe, Agave, Crassula, Gasteria, Haworthia, Echeveria, Sedum, Faucaria, Yucca, Cotyledon, and Aeonium. .
.
Some of the more unusual plants among our range include Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephants foot), Dracaena draco (Dragon Tree), and Furcraeas. We also stock Brachychiton rupestris (Queensland Bottle Tree).
.
We are currently building an extensive collection of cacti and succulents (not open for public viewing) from which an even larger variety of plants will soon be available for purchase. These will be of particular interest to collectors and will be available through mail order or online, or from the Nursery directly.

Posted by Lesley A Butler on 2017-06-15 11:04:20

Tagged: , Australia , nature , plants , Roraima Nursery , succulents , winter , Lara , Victoria