Horticultural Collections


Lowland Tropics

The Lowland Tropics collection will focus on the warmest and wettest regions of the world. This collection will be housed in one of the glasshouse conservatories, which will give visitors the opportunity to experience what it would be like to step into the Bornean rainforest without going to Asia.

Highlighted Genera:

  • Anthurium
  • Coffea
  • Passiflora
  • Strophanthus
  • Vanilla

Example Bio-regions:

  • Amazonia
  • Borneo
  • Congo
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Vietnam

Desert

The Desert collection will focus on the plants that live in some of the most extreme conditions on earth. A desert glasshouse conservatory will be hot and dry and give visitors the opportunity to step into the Sonoran or Atacama deserts so they can feel the full effects of the biome in a controlled and safe environment.

Highlighted Genera:

  • Adenia
  • Agave
  • Aloe
  • Pachypodium
  • Welwitschia

Example Bio-regions:

  • Atacama
  • Gobi
  • Kalahari
  • Sahara
  • Sonora

Gondwanaland

Gondwana was an ancient supercontinent that broke up about 180 million years ago. The continent eventually split into land masses we recognize today: Africa, South America, Australia, Antarctica, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula. This collection will be home to the bizarre and beautiful plants of these regions that all have common ancestors, but have since evolved in completely different ways.

Highlighted Genera:

  • Araucaria
  • Lachenalia
  • Leucadendron
  • Protea
  • Wollemia

Example Bio-regions:

  • Andes
  • Antarctica
  • Fynbos
  • New Caledonia
  • Tasmania

Cloud Forest

The Cloud Forest collection will focus on the tropical high-altitude and coastal forest bioregions of the world. These biomes have high rainfall with dense fog and rarely do temperatures climb higher than 80F/26C. This collection will be housed in a cool glass house that will give visitors the feeling of walking through a mountain forest in Colombia.

Highlighted Genera:

  • Bomarea
  • Fuchsia
  • Lapageria
  • Passiflora
  • Stanhopea

Example Bio-regions:

  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan

Alpine Steppe

The Alpine Steppe collection will focus on the high desert plants of the world. The alpine regions are also called high deserts because they are hot and dry like most deserts, but they do receive some rainfall and quite a bit of snow. The plants of this biome have been forced to stay small due to limited resources and shorter growing seasons.

Highlighted Genera:

  • Calochortus
  • Erigeron
  • Gentiana
  • Saxifraga
  • Viola

Example Bio-regions:

  • Alps
  • Andes
  • Antarctica
  • Patagonia
  • Tibet

Tropical Wetlands

The Tropical Wetlands collection will be grown in pools of water to imitate the natural habitats of the tropical swamp plants of the world. The collection will be home to plants similar to those in the Lowland Tropics collection, but these plants have adapted to thrive in the abundance of moisture around their roots.

Highlighted Genera:

  • Alocasia
  • Nepenthes
  • Nymphaea
  • Platycerium
  • Vanda

Example Bio-regions:

  • Amazonia
  • Borneo
  • Everglades
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand