It was a long winter, I admit. The US broke records all over the place for coldest and snowiest and saddest winter. My friend Alyssa has fixed her winter blues by visiting the Conservatory on Belle Isle regularly throughout the past few months. We made plans to go there together on 3 separate occasions and each time we were either too early, too late, or it was closed for pruning. So third time's the charm and we ended up going on one of the first super sunny, 40 degree days. There weren't any winter blues to fix, but it did make me excited for green things.
(Technically named the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.) It was originally opened in 1904 and covers 13 acres between the green house and the grounds. The domed frame was first built out of wood until it was replaced by metal in the 50's.
The lemon and orange trees were so pretty. Aside from that we also saw lime, banana, fig, rubber, and avocado trees. We inquired about whether or not the employees get to eat the fruit (they try them but the fruit grows over the winter which causes it to taste bad because of the lack of sun). Side note: Citrus trees are the most picturesque plant in my opinion.
The light coming in through the trees was all kinds of gorgeous. Nerd fact: Secret Garden was my favorite book as a child and the Mary in me was so excited; I need to go back on a cold dreary day to really satisfy my obsession. ;)
If you live in the area and are having a bad day and don't want to spend money but want to be really happy, I would definitely recommend this place to you. But heads up, they're only open Wednesday-Sunday 10-5
Happy Weekend friends!