I've known about the Palm House at Wilsona Park for some time. We finally paid a visit today, and I'm wondering why we waiting so long. It's the perfect outing for a winter day, a balmy 70 - 75 degrees inside while we're experiencing the low 40s. I'd like to return in the spring to see if there are more plants in bloom. The massive green house, the largest in Poland, is divided into 9 rooms with different types of plants. There is also an aquarium room with dozens of aquariums and some of the largest fish I have ever seen up close and personal. Besides the fish, the Palm House is home to a few exotic animals, some statuary, and a few benches on which you can linger in the beauty. I'm sure it's good for the health.
The admission is very reasonable, 7 zl or a about $2.25. It's suggested that you allow an hour for your visit. We were there much longer, but we did stop mid-way in the coffee shop for awhile and when you're from the desert, you tend to linger in awe of so much greenery. I don't know if it happens every Saturday, but there was someone in one of the rooms doing face painting for the kids. The Palm House struck me as a real treasure. Take a look at some of the photos and see if you don't agree.
|Recently celebrating their 100th anniversay, the Palm House has been expanded, destroyed, and rebuilt. The original structure was much smaller - the size of one of the rooms we visited today.|
|At this point, I said to Ed, "maybe they'll have orchids. I'm sure my mom has already spotted them in this shot. He pointed some out to me. They just weren't in bloom.|
|Around the next bend, we found orchids in bloom|
|The greenhouse theme continues into the coffee shop. So nice to see a place for refreshments and a gift shop - things that are often missing at Polish museums.|
|I had read about aquariums, and yet I was surprised by them. I thought they meant the koi ponds we'd seen.|
|A little touch of home - I don't know that I've seen cacti in a greenhouse before. It's amazing how big, perfect, and healthy these plants look when they're not stressed by the extremes of the desert climate.|
|This looks like the famous night blooming cereus. Its flower was featured prominently on the pages of the coffee shop menu.|