One of my favorite Chicago haunts is the Garfield Park Conservatory on Central Park just north of Lake Street. It has an Aroid House, which is a large room containing all sorts of aroids, spiky plants belonging to the Araceae family.
Plant size and form vary considerably.
Bunny Ears Cactus. Notice the tiny white clusters of glochids.
Golden Barrel Cactus.
And Queen Victoria Agave.
Admire with ease, but handle with caution.
The Show Room is pretty empty, but I always find something interesting at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Flower petals that look like a pinwheel.
Bromeliads in varying sizes and colors.
A bright pink tropical flower. So perfect.
The current main attraction is a 60-year-old agave plant whose flowering stalk measures more than 38 feet.
This agave blooms only once before dying. Bittersweet to see, but very special.
The adjective tender has a couple meanings. My favorite is probably this:
Showing gentleness and concern or sympathy
Is there anything more tender than pink hydrangeas? I think not.
I visited the Garfield Park Conservatory this afternoon to get my flower fix, and fix fixed. These tiny buds and petals are magic. Feathery soft and the perfect shade of pink. How tender.