Thursday, July 14, 4:00 pm – The History of Greenhouses in America


Join art historian Arete Warren at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on Thursday, July 14, at 4 pm, for a transparent look at the magnificent glass houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America. Learn how the development of the functional greenhouse for growing tropical plants was expanded into glasshouses, orangeries, and conservatories becoming increasingly ornamental and an indicator of great wealth in American society. This illustrated lecture will include fine examples of these crystal palaces and their associated historical head houses and potting sheds.

Arete Warren is an art historian with an inclination towards architecture and decorative arts. She is the president of the Millbrook Garden Club and served as national chair for the Garden Club of America’s Garden History and Design Committee. She co-authored with May Woods, Glass Houses: A History of Greenhouses, Orangeries and Conservatories. You may register on line at www.berkshirebotanical.org. BBG member price: $22, nonmember price: $27.