Adelaide Botanic Gardens Palm House
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bucketeer
S 34° 55.089 E 138° 36.545
54H E 281585 N 6133424
Quick Description: A Victorian glasshouse imported from Germany in 1875, opened in 1877 and restored in 1995.
Location: South Australia, Australia
Date Posted: 8/11/2013 3:53:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMHT22
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Long Description:
The Palm House is an exquisite, painstakingly restored Victorian glasshouse imported from Bremen, Germany in 1875. It is thought to be the only one of its kind still in existence.

The Palm House was designed by German architect Gustav Runge and the sophisticated engineering techniques used in its construction make it a benchmark in glasshouse design. The hanging glass walls are similar to those used in today's city buildings and were very advanced for the time. This sophistication, and Adelaide's dry climate, probably account for the building's survival.

In 1986, corrosion of iron glazing bars made the Palm House unsafe for public use and it was closed. A conservation study carried out in early 1991 recommended full restoration and after a successful public appeal, and a donation from the federal government, this was carried out.

The Palm House now features a wonderful collection of plants from the island of Madagascar. The plants require warm and dry growing conditions which also aids in the conservation of the building.

About 150 million years ago, Madagascar and Australia were both part of the supercontinent, Gondwana. Its flora was the ancient ancestors of today's modern native plants. Many of the plants featured in the Palm House are at risk, or endangered, in their natural habitat.

Open daily 10am - 4pm.

Information taken from the Botanica Gardens Website (visit link) 11/8/13
Type of Greenhouse: Botanical display - public

Type of Cover: Glass panel

What is the shape of this greenhouse: Curved structure (eg. Victorian Greenhouse - Kew Gardens)

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Unique features: Not listed

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