Paradise under Glass : an amateur creates a conservatory garden. By Ruth Kassinger 2010. This is a library book donated by Jasper and Cynthia Daube (they are lovely patrons and supporters of the Library). And this is a wonderful book – a good read, interesting, informative and funny. Ruth wandered into the US Botanic Garden conservatory in Washington DC and decided she needed to learn how to garden. Mind you that is a very impressive site/sight. I have been there many times and love it! I understand the wow factor and the desire to go right home and recreate something. But she couldn’t even grow house plants! At the same time she needed a passion and a refuge.
Of special interest, it gives an history of greenhouses, orangeries, follies, fernieries, etc. NB this photo is of a flock of sculptured sheep grazing on a NE town meadow…..