In winter we all need a break for warm sun, the scents of
growing things,and the humidity of a plant-filled space. We
get our fix by stopping in at a botanical garden conservatory or
local garden center greenhouse, but can also fall back on community
gardens under glass or friends' backyard greenhouses and enclosed
sunrooms stuffed with plants.
Where are the getaway locations that lift your winter spirits?
Hop over to the Forum to read and discuss the details of these great places
Hidden Lake Gardens Conservatory, Tipton,
Above and below, right: Telly's Greenhouses in Troy,
Michigan... where the tempations are great and maybe we buy one
of this or that while we soak up the sun and bask in the
Above: Goldner Walsh Nursery in Pontiac,
Michigan attracts many winter strollers to its unique, vintage
Below: Friend and Forum Moderator Margaret Thele of Sage Advice Nursery
lets us tag along when she visits her community garden plot inside
the greenhouses at Oakland County, Michigan's Waterford Oaks park.
As a bonus, we usually come away with fresh salad greens. (You,
too, can rent 60 square feet of raised bed for a winter's growing,
just as Margaret and many others do. Call the park offices,
248-858-0906 or check it out under Parks and Trails at oakgov.com.)
Below: Our friend Marge Alpern can step from
her living room into the conservatory all year. It's a room that
attracts company, "Hi Marge, good to see... and now, about our