Belle Isle Conservatory

Time got away from me so this is a bit late, but still relevant because it’s beautiful and beauty never goes out of style.

To celebrate the commencement of another winter, a friend and I (along with her toddler son who is ADORABLE), spent a sunny February afternoon at the Belle Isle Conservatory (also known as the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory). The timing couldn’t have been better as the ‘Corpse Flower’ happened to be in bloom too.

I’m not quite sure what I loved the most. The free admission, the persistent warm, humid environment, the orchids, or the cactus section. Or maybe it was the ferns. All of those bright green ferns. I DON’T KNOW. I was and am still shocked that this was my first there. I’m telling you – this is the perfect place to find respite in the dead of winter. It offers a fresh, vibrant, green-filled oasis on the coldest of days and provides a glimmer of hope, even the smallest inkling that Spring is just around the corner.

The conservatory is divided into 5 distinct sections: The Palm House, Tropical House, Showroom, Cactus House and the Fernery and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is FREE.










Corpse Flower! Apparently it’s supposed to smell like rotting flesh. There was definitely an distinct odor. Such an interesting plant.


So many pretties packed into one place. If you haven’t been, you should definitely go!


  1. Sue said:

    As I am sure you’ve heard a lot, I cannot believe you’ve never been there before now.

    April 1, 2016
    • thistleandvine said:

      It’s madness. I don’t know how that happened.

      April 4, 2016

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