IT'S CAMELLIA TIME
in the old Linnean Greenhouse
at Missouri Botanical Garden.
Built in 1882, by Henry Shaw,
the Linnean Greenhouse is the oldest
continuing operating greenhouse
west of the Mississippi.
In late 2011, this magnificent landmark
"coldframe sash" greenhouse went through
a re-fit, with upgraded ceiling glass,
copper gutters and complete tuckpointing.
All the original brickwork was retained.
In order to run new steam pipes underground,
all the original (and rare) camellia trees
needed to be dug up and transplanted to
temporary quarters. All plants have been
re-established, and as you can see . . .
the original camellias are happily blooming again!
(While it's freezing cold outside. Brrrr.)