Strybing Arboretum at Golden Gate
Park, San Francisco
Gesneriads growing outdoors in natural settings.
Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar A small horticultural retreat with a museum of living plants, including gesneriads.
The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino The gardens cover 120 acres, with more than a dozen specialized gardens arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns, including a conservatory with gesneriad specimens.
University of Connecticut EEB
This facility is primarily arranged taxonomically so most of the gesneriads are conveniently located on one bench. More details can be found at the web site with complete online inventory.
Palm Hammock Orchid Estate,
formerly known as The Daisy Farm, Miami
A pretty good assortment of some of the Caribbean species and the better tropical garden cultivars on display during their times of bloom.
Marie Selby Botanical
16 genera, 200 species.
Many gesneriads displayed in the Fuqua Conservatory.
They have a few gesneriads in several of their tropical conservatories. The gardens as a whole are definitely worth a visit.
Des Moines Botanical
Center, Des Moines
5 genera, 5 species.
The display is designed to display birds more than plants, but there are gesneriads present in the exhibit.
University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical
Garden, Ann Arbor
An excellent gesneriad collection. In addition to several beds in the conservatory, impressive baskets of vining gesneriads can be found scattered throughout the conservatory.
Missouri Botanic Gardens (Shaw
Gardens), St. Louis
Gesneriads displayed in the Climatron.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park Oyster Bay
Extensive collection of gesneriads and other tropical plants.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical
24 genera, 70 species.
Used to show morphological adaptation to ecological niche
Gardens, Kennett Square
The garden displays gesneriads on occasion. Everything there is so beautiful that its worth the trip in any case!
Gardens and Museum of Art, Nashville
Collections from Central American cloud forests.
United States Botanic Garden
15 genera, 20 species.
A number of gesneriads growing in their tropical rainforest habitat... A truly impressive colony of Gesneria cuneifolia, a couple of the different cultivars of same... some almost 2 foot tall... Also a number of episcia ground covers, codonanthe, and a nematanthus. Most things are well labeled. Several other tropical plant families are also well represented.
A smaller display than that in Montreal, but still very nice.
Jardin Botanique de
45 genera, 250 species
This is a place with a rich collection of gesneriads in the research greenhouses, but also with a good display in the public area.
Other Countries Worldwide
Kew has nematanthus, saintpaulia, episcia, paliavana, true gloxinia, streps, and aeschynanthus (and probably more) displayed in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Also petrocosmea in the cloud forest compartment. Ramonda and haberlea are planted out around the alpine house and cooler growers are in the refrigerated bed inside including lysionotus and petrocosmea. There is a large clump of Hemiboea henryi and several shrubs of Mitraria and seasonal displays of achimenes hybrids in the greenhouse beds.
Museum of Paris (at the "Jardin des Plantes"), Paris
The "jardin alpin" has 5 species of Ramonda and Haberlea, hybridizing freely in spite of the gardeners' efforts.
Hyogo Prefecture Flower Center(Botanic Gardens), Kasai, Hyogo, 675
Hundreds of species and hybrids of tropical genera, chirita and streptocarpus. This garden has specific areas in greenhouse devoted to gesneriads with good display.
Edinburgh Royal Botanic
RBG/Edinburgh has probably the largest colony of Fieldia australis anywhere. It's planted in a conservatory bed and it runs all over as groundcover and then climbs the trees and flowers! Many, many streptocarpus species planted in natural settings in the conservatory. The rock garden is outstanding, with cabbage-size ramondas and haberleas planted in low rock walls.
Hortus Botanicus at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
This is a wonderful garden, with a series of conservatories,surrounded by outdoor gardens and walking paths. It's in the middle of the univerisity grounds, surrounded by canal on all sides (lovely). Importantly, there is ample parking available on the street just outside. AND, they propagate their collection and have divisions and seed grown plants for sale!
This botanical garden is
probably the world's oldest botanical garden, founded in 1638
originally as a medicinal herb garden. Physicians and pharmacists
were trained here in the preparation of prescriptions. In the 17th
and 18th centuries, in addition to herbs and spices, the VOC (Dutch
East India Company) ships also brought exotic ornamental plants to
the Hortus, some of which are still growing there. Different areas
were added in the 17 and 1800's and improvements made in the early
1900s. Most of the buildings date from the late 1800s and very early
1900s. Today it is one of very few botanical gardens which is
maintained in the center of a busy city. It has over 6000 different species (among all plant families), including particularly good collections of cacti & succulents, orchids, and native European plants. Free admission. Open Mon-Fri, 8-4:30, and other times by prior arrangement. For more information. Review contributed by Nina Rach with corrections and additional information by Marilyn Allen.
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