Sherman Garden's Lush Tropical Greenhouse



 A visit to Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar.  I've been there several times, but I've never seen it look better than it did on this visit.  Here's a post on a previous visit back in 2011.  

The greenhouse now has many more, and much larger, plants.  For a plant lover, seeing so many healthy, beautifully nurtured plants is a joy.  The steamy tropical greenhouse in particular was gorgeous. 
 Steamy indeed.  I had to wipe my camera lens between shots.  The next photo shows how the lens fogged up.  The plant is Acalypha hispida



 Ah, lens wiped, photo better.  Ferns...
 Anyone know this one?  Likely Costus malortieanus:
 Ginger?  This maybe another member of the Costus genus.  Commonly known as the "spiral gingers" for the way the flowers spiral around the bloom stem. 
 Koi pond.  Viscosity Glass Studios provided the glass decorations.
 Bromileads, Ferns,  Calathea...
 Orchids...

Dramatic Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior:
 More Orchids...

 Anthurium with the stunning foliage of Cordyline terminalis 'Miss Andrea' (Thanks for the ID, Mr. Elicker):
 Heliconia...rostrata?
 ...with Crotons. 
For a gardener more accustomed to xeric plants, these tropical plants are exotic, and the greenhouse's humid atmosphere even more so.  (The heat was all too familiar.) A delight, though.  The world of plants is huge and endlessly amazing. 

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  1. What a lovely botanical greenhouse you have visited Hoover Boo.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Very different from my dry garden! It was a lot of fun.

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  2. I just love the cordyline terminalis 'Miss Andrea". It's very sophisticated and understated for a tropical plant. I wish I could grow it easily here in California but the air is just too dry; so sad.

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    1. I was wondering what that gorgeous plant was. Thank you for the ID! The appeal of these plants became very clear when I saw how beautiful well-grown, well-cared-for tropicals can be.

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  3. Your steamy shot and note made me laugh! The planting is so dense yet well manicured, beautiful tropical collection they have there.

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    1. It was amazing to see how much it had developed and improved since the last visit. They've hired someone with serious skill and the energy to improve the collection.

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  4. Great photos! I haven't even downloaded mine yet. It was good to see you and Kay yesterday. We need to get together more often!

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    1. Wasn't that a fun outing? We'll all have to try to make the bromilead show, or the Inter-City C&SS...

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  5. You transported me back to Far North Queensland (I wish). Tropical certainly makes its presence felt. The plants are stunning and look well cared for.

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    1. There were more beauties to photograph, but it was getting too hot in the greenhouse to continue. Tropical humid heat was making its presence felt, and it felt uncomfortable!

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  6. I was so impressed with the high standards of practical horticulture this visit -- and my crabcakes over lunch were good too!

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    1. Great plants, great company, delicious food--what more does a gardener need? (More plants?)

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