On a recent visit to Ohio for one of the largest events of its kind in America, the Ohio Floriculture Association conference (OFA for short), I gave myself one extra day to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory for a full HOT day. It was SO worth it though!
The park, the garden art and the butterfly exhibit were exceptional. I recommend it highly if you should be able to get there. This visit however, I was incredibly impressed by the palm house. It’s a GIANT, GRAND structure.
The July heat wave was making for a tough visit to a hot-house for THIS North-westerner! But, getting a great look at all of those lovely full size and some smaller, palms was worth the sweating.
If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where you can grow certain palm trees outdoors year round then I encourage you to try some of this dramatic foliage in your landscape.
My inner OCD tendencies as well as being a classic Virgo both combine to make me crazy for the perfect lines and geometry of these folds and pleats together. Particularly when they are layered together like these. 😉
I adore how the shape of this frond echoes the arch of the window in the background!
Clearly this is only the tip of the palm tree iceberg. There are MANY more that I couldn’t squeeze into this small post, but you get the idea- Palms are COOL!
For more information about the wide world of palms, this site is wonderful.
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