If you’re thinking of having Cheshire conservatories added to your home at the moment, you certainly shouldn’t rush into the decision. There’s an awful lot to think about and lots of choices to make, so doing some research will always be a good idea. And it can be a lot of fun if you spend some time wandering around some of the most famous conservatories to be found… here are just some of our favourites to help inspire you this year.
Did you know that this is the biggest conservatory in the whole world? Head off to Cornwall for a good old explore of this amazing indoors tropical jungle, which is actually home to the biggest captive rainforest in the world as well. Huge Biomes house the rainforest, complete with amazing plants, exhibitions and stories, as well as contemporary gardens… so there’s a lot to see and do. If you go in summer, there are incredible concerts put on with the rainforest as a backdrop – which sounds pretty good to us.
Pop off to London where you’ll find the Barbican Conservatory, a tropical oasis hidden in the heart of one of the busiest cities in the world. It’s home to exotic fish, quails, finches and more than 2,000 species of tropical trees and plants – so you’ll definitely come away with a few ideas about what plant life to include in your own conservatories.
If you fancy going a bit further afield, why don’t you book a flight to Chicago so you can pay the Garfield Park Conservatory a visit? You might have already heard it referred to as “landscape art under glass”, occupying an incredible two acres of space with thousands of plant species on display across eight rooms.
In 2015, the conservatory played host to a series of sculpture installations showcasing immersive and reactive light to highlight the architecture and plant collection – which might give you a few ideas if you want to make the glass of your conservatory a little different and really stand out.
This is the biggest single span conservatory to be found in the Southern Hemisphere, designed by architect Guy Maron and built to celebrate Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary. Take note of the curvilinear nature of the building shape itself… is this something you could try and achieve at home if you have the space?
A little bit closer to home, you’ll find the First Duke’s Greenhouse at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. It’s open to visitors so you can have a good explore of what is one of the most important 17th century greenhouses in England to have survived to modern day. This example was built back in the 1690s and really is a beautiful testament to the architecture of the day, with its stunning arched windows – sure to give you some ideas for your own conservatory construction.