Visiting the Arid House

This weekend, on Sunday March 12, daylight saving time begins in my corner of the world. I am looking forward to more greenery and warmer temperatures outdoors. In the interim, I cycled to Allan Gardens Conservatory and visited the Arid House, one of five greenhouses in this indoor botanical garden.

Exploring the Arid House

The Arid House is located on the northwest side of the conservatory. It is home to a large display of unusual cacti and succulents including collections of agave, opuntia, haworthia and aloe.

The Arid House

Walking through the Arid House, I enjoyed examining the plants, their shapes, sizes, and colours. Their fun names made me smile. I was mindful of where I was standing to take pictures as many of the plants have thorns.

Golden Barrel Cacti and Haworthia (Zebra plants)
Mother of Thousands
Blue Chalk Sticks
Crown of Thorns
Aloe
Assorted Cacti
Orange Kalanchoe

The Arid House was nice and warm. I felt rejuvenated and relaxed after being with the plants. I headed home feeling pretty good about my choice of outing for the day.

Welcoming Public Art

Last week I stopped over at Philadelphia International Airport while on my way to meet my sisters. I discovered the beautiful Over the River and Through the Wood mural created by Philadelphia artist Constance Culpepper. I found the mural soothing and cheerful.

Over the River and Through the Wood mural by Constance Culpepper
About the artist and her art

“My painting is a place where everyone is welcome. Explore, smell the peonies, drink a cup of tea, feel the grass between your toes, look up at the clouds in the sky, take a seat. Maybe here, you can discover something or someone anew.”

Constance Culpepper

Weekend Coffee Share

How green is your corner of the world? What do you think of the mural? This post is my contribution to Terri’s #SundayStills March colour challenge and Jo’s Monday Walk.

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108 thoughts on “Visiting the Arid House

  1. leannelc March 10, 2023 / 8:23 am

    Hi Natalie – it’s so strange seeing all those cacti and succulents from your neck of the woods – it’s usually the American bloggers who have them in their gardens with all the heat – it’s amazing what gardeners all over the world can achieve with a greenhouse though. The airport murals were really pretty too – quite a contrast to the arid house feeling.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 4:55 pm

      Hi Leanne, Toronto has a few conservatories where I can find many exotic plants without having to travel too far. I usually go to a greenhouse at the end of winter to make me feel spring is coming sooner πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked the airport mural. I like what inspired the artist to create it and its cool palette.

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  2. Dan Antion March 10, 2023 / 8:25 am

    Beautiful photos, Natalie and a great way to get yourself ready for spring. I think it’s on the way.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you, Dan. This week started off with several sunny days but winter is back today with snow. The birds and their songs convince me that spring is on its way.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 5:14 pm

      Sarah, Those barrel cacti look like art to me, too πŸ™‚ The names of some of these plants are amusing. Thank you for your PPAC contribution. I get to see Botero’s sculptures in Colombia. Very cool.

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  3. Writing Sparkle March 10, 2023 / 9:09 am

    The Arid House looks lovely. I like cacti and succulents. I usually don’t have much luck keeping them alive when I have them as houseplants though so visiting The Arid House would be a good option for me. Haha. Thanks for virtual coffee, Natalie.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 5:19 pm

      Shari, Yes, low maintenance is good. I let the professional gardeners take care of the cacti and succulents in the Arid House. Admission is free so I can go any time and as often as I like.

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  4. Michelle March 10, 2023 / 10:05 am

    The Arid House looks amazing! Cactus are such weird and fascinating plants. I love the airport mural. Such a wonderful distraction.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 5:33 pm

      Michelle, Cacti have interesting shapes, don’t they? I’m pleased you like the mural at the airport. It’s much more beautiful than a blank wall.

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  5. Gail Is This Mutton March 10, 2023 / 12:54 pm

    Two great shares Natalie, I loved the pics of the Arid House and the mural. I enjoy looking round botanical gardens/houses. Have a good weekend. Daylight saving doesn’t happen here until the 26th of March.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 5:36 pm

      Gail, It’s interesting that your daylight saving is later in March. I’m glad you enjoy botanical gardens. Visiting the Arid House made me feel closer to spring πŸ™‚

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  6. Thistles and Kiwis March 10, 2023 / 1:39 pm

    I love the Arid House – botanical gardens are a real favourite of mine.

    The mural is also lovely – a great welcome to the airport!

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you, Barbara. I’m glad you love the Arid House and the mural. The staff at Allan Gardens do an amazing job maintaining the different greenhouses.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you, Donna, for your comment. Spring was on my mind when I went to the Arid House and looked at that mural.

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  7. restlessjo March 10, 2023 / 1:59 pm

    I could feel the warmth, but I kept well clear of the thorns, Natalie. Beautiful!

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you, Jo. Those thorns mean business.

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  8. Mama Cormier March 10, 2023 / 2:40 pm

    Hi Natalie. If you ever get over to the west end of the city you should check out the Centennial Park Conservatory. They also have a special room just for cacti. Can you believe the weather we’re having today. Winter is definitely not done with us in Toronto.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 6:16 pm

      Hi Carol, Thank you for suggesting the Centennial Park Conservatory. I visited it a long time ago. It was beautiful and I remembered wedding photography was happening there. I’ll check it out again next time I’m in the west end of the city. Today’s snow storm is such a change from the previous sunny days that we had this week. Stay safe and warm.

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      • Mama Cormier March 11, 2023 / 10:48 am

        I like the place because they change the one room every few months. After Christmas they filled the room with cyclamens and I’m sure in the next month we’ll see a display of spring flowers.

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        • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:45 am

          Yes, Allan Gardens also make seasonal changes and they all look beautiful.

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    • Natalie March 10, 2023 / 6:25 pm

      Teresa, Thank you for your PPAC contribution. I get to see impressive murals as a tribute to C. Francisco’s art in the Philippines. Very cool.

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      • Teresa March 11, 2023 / 1:45 am

        Glad you liked it, Natalie!

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  9. Denyse Whelan Blogs March 10, 2023 / 10:08 pm

    How lovely to see your ranges of natural examples from the desert. I love murals in public places too. So glad you got to see your sisters. We have moved away from the ocean back to an area that is often green. It’s called The Hills but that’s a generic term. We are enjoying settling into the new place so I wrote about our moving day to be part of #WCS Thanks for the link up. Denyse

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:11 am

      Denyse, So glad to hear your move went well and you’re settling into your new place. Thank you for linking up. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Bernie March 11, 2023 / 12:48 am

    Not much blooming here (ROFLOL) as we are in the middle of a blizzard. But no worries it will pass. I love that photo of the various cacti – it almost looks like an alien landscape. I love the mural as it is bright and cheerful. Bernie

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:15 am

      Bernie, We had snow here yesterday as winter is trying to hold on. The migrating spring birds are back and are singing loudly so I know spring is around the corner. The green plants in the Arid House made me feel closer to spring.

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      • Bernie March 11, 2023 / 11:27 am

        We got walloped, but it’s March, so to be expected. I did see some geese, but so far, that’s it.

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        • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:40 am

          I started seeing and hearing red-winged blackbirds, sterlings and robins. The Canada geese seem to be here year-round.

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          • Bernie March 11, 2023 / 12:00 pm

            They don’t stay here year round!

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  11. Inspiring Max March 11, 2023 / 1:09 am

    Hi Natalie
    What a beautiful mural. So vibrant. Some of your plants are very different to those in Australia. I find the variety of types of arid plants fascinating.

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:19 am

      Hi Max, I’m glad you like the mural and the arid plants. Blogging lets us share photos of different plants and animals around the world.

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:25 am

      Sofia, Thank you for your PPAC contribution. So cool that I get to see a beautiful mural in Glasgow without leaving home. The Arid House is connected to a few more greenhouses featuring plants in different climates and they are all beautiful so yes, it’s easy to spend hours in there. Admission is free πŸ™‚

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  12. trentpmcd March 11, 2023 / 8:31 am

    The Arid House looks like a great escape from Winter. Yes, the time change is coming. I hate it, but it is a sign that spring is on the way, even if there is snow in the forecast in New Hampshire. I like the mural. From the way you said it, it sounds like you were traveling beyond Philadelphia. My brother lives in the Philly area – I don’t remember seeing that mural, but I will keep my eye out the next time I am there.
    Have a great week πŸ™‚

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:37 am

      Trent, That mural is in the hallway between my arrival gate and the food court although I don’t remember which terminal I landed in PHL. I like that the airport showcases local artists’ work. A visit to the Arid House is definitely a nice and free escape from winter. Have a great weekend!

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 11:37 am

      Yes, I go there from time to time to see the beautiful plants.

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  13. Astrid March 11, 2023 / 3:02 pm

    Reading about your visit to the Arid House makes me smile. I loved reading about all the beautiful varieties of cacti and succulents. I really need to travel more.

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 4:55 pm

      Astrid, I’m glad my post made you smile. The assorted cacti have amusing names.

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 4:56 pm

      Yes, some of these cacti are quite big or tall. There are lots of smaller ones that grow close to the bed of rocks, too.

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  14. Karen March 11, 2023 / 7:26 pm

    The cactus & plants look amazing. Wow! #Weekendcoffeeshare

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    • Natalie March 11, 2023 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you Karen for joining in. The staff at the Conservatory certainly take good care of the cacti and plants.

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  15. Maria March 12, 2023 / 12:34 am

    Hi Natalie, the greenhouse is lovely. I really enjoyed seeing all the plants. Our world is white over here, we’ve had temperatures around -17C this week. It’s slightly warmer now, but we have a lot of snow. I do have many plants in my home, and green plans for the gardening season in my head, does that count?
    Have a wonderful new week!

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    • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 9:32 am

      Hi Maria, Your house plants and green plans for the gardening season all count πŸ™‚ We had snow on Friday but most of it melted by now as the daytime high temperatures have been near or above freezing point. Visiting the Arid House was a green booster for me. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing all the plants there. Have a great week ahead!

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    • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 4:09 pm

      Yes, I like to see the golden barrel cacti every time I visit the Arid House. BTW, I like that you added your photo to your gravatar profile.

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  16. Terri Webster Schrandt March 12, 2023 / 10:39 am

    What a wonderful place to see so much color, especially green, Natalie! We have a small nursery in our neighborhood that grows and sells plants, flowers and trees in its 6 huge greenhouses. How cool that you can hop on your bike and check yours out and breathe in the oxygenated air. Culpepper’s public art is so pretty!

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    • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 4:12 pm

      Terri, I’m fortunate to live downtown and can access many places by bike or on foot. Going to the Arid House in the winter is like going to a spa and get a ‘green’ booster shot. I like the Culpepper’s mural and thought it would work with your green photo challenge. I’m glad you like it, too.

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  17. Marsha March 12, 2023 / 12:41 pm

    Hi Natalie, Your Arid collection is gorgeous. We have many of those cacti here in AZ, but I don’t always remember their names. Thanks for sharing them. Your public art is lovely and perky and springy as well. I couldn’t get around to writing a post separately this week. We are moving Cindy into her own place now, so still on the move! Talk to you soon. πŸ™‚

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    • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 4:17 pm

      Marsha, Thank you for linking up in spite of your busy move. I greatly appreciate it. I hope you’re doing OK. The names of some of the cacti and succulents made me smile. Going to the Arid House in winter is like going to a beautiful and warm getaway without driving or flying. I’m glad you like the arid plants and Culpepper’s mural. My mind has been thinking about spring.

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      • Marsha March 12, 2023 / 8:02 pm

        It is the time of year to think about spring. We are having a spring day today. It’s lovely. We had a discussion about your lovely city the other day in our Alpha group. I felt so knowledgeable since I’ve been reading your blog for a while! πŸ™‚ Have a great week.

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        • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 8:11 pm

          Hehe, knowledge is power. Tell your Alpha group to follow my blog, LOL. You have a great week, too.

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          • Marsha March 12, 2023 / 8:18 pm

            πŸ™‚ I will. Most of them don’t know what a blog is yet. πŸ™‚

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            • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 8:35 pm

              Show them yours and they’ll be hooked πŸ™‚

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              • Marsha March 13, 2023 / 1:38 am

                haha, thanks, Natalie. Do you show yours off in Toronto somewhere?

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                • Natalie March 13, 2023 / 9:48 am

                  Not yet, Marsha. I’m enjoying blogging as is πŸ™‚

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                  • Marsha March 13, 2023 / 10:57 pm

                    Hahaha, and here you are telling me to show mine off! Yours is fabulous and worth showing off. πŸ™‚

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                    • Natalie March 14, 2023 / 9:11 am

                      Thank you Marsha for your kind compliment. My blog is a work in progress πŸ™‚

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                    • Marsha March 14, 2023 / 3:25 pm

                      Aren’t they all! I have to find a new theme because mine has expired and is no longer supported by WP.

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                    • Natalie March 14, 2023 / 3:56 pm

                      I hope you find a theme you like and the theme change goes well for you.

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                    • Marsha March 15, 2023 / 11:39 am

                      Thanks Natalie.

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  18. Photos by Jez March 12, 2023 / 3:35 pm

    I love botanical gardens; looking forward to visiting the one in Glasgow again soon. Great post & shots, Natalie πŸ˜ƒ

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    • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you, Jez, for your compliment. I look forward to seeing some photos when you visit Glasgow botanical gardens.

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  19. csuhpat1 March 12, 2023 / 6:56 pm

    Missed the link up but the Arid House looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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    • Natalie March 12, 2023 / 7:08 pm

      Patrick, Please feel free to leave the link to your post in the comment. The linkup closed based on Daylight Saving Time today. Thank you for stopping by.

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    • Natalie March 13, 2023 / 9:56 am

      PR, Thank you for your PPAC contribution. I get to see a colourful musical mural in Sofia. Very cool.

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      • PR March 13, 2023 / 10:40 am

        Thanks Natalie πŸ™‚, glad that you like it!

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  20. Forestwood March 13, 2023 / 9:13 pm

    Hi Natalie, I was intrigued by all the different cacti species in the one small location! Amazing. But what really captured my interest was Constance’s pretty art. It makes you smile with all its bright colours and simple message. I must look up her work. Thanks for the introduction.

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    • Natalie March 13, 2023 / 9:43 pm

      Hi Amanda, It’s my pleasure to introduce/ share Constance’s art. I was pleased to discover her art at the airport. Thank you for stopping by. Hope all’s well with you.

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      • Forestwood March 14, 2023 / 12:06 am

        All.good over here, thanks Natalie. A bit over the heat and looking forward to the onset of cooler weather.

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        • Natalie March 14, 2023 / 9:16 am

          Prolonged heat and humidity is challenging. Over here, we’re transitioning from winter to spring. P.S. I found C. Culpepper’s IG and website via a quick Google search.

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  21. Kirstin Troyer March 14, 2023 / 10:25 am

    that Arid House is cool. I loved the Mother of THousands plant. That mural is awesome too. Great finds!

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    • Natalie March 14, 2023 / 10:36 am

      I chuckled when I saw the name “Mother of Thousands” (a very busy mom). I’m glad you like the Arid House and the mural. They’re refreshing to see.

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