Last week I published a post providing an overview of the beautiful Copenhagen Botanical Garden. As mentioned, one of the most interesting features of the garden is its collection of glass houses, the largest and oldest being the Palm House, funded and constructed in 1874 by Carlsberg beer founder J. C. Jacobsen. Today I'd like to share a closer look inside the Palm House and also the adjoining Butterfly House.
It was a cold fall day when my brother and I visited, and the tropical environment of the Palm House was immediately apparent when we entered. My glasses and camera lens fogged up and remained so for some time. Not only was the environment was hot and humid, in many parts of the Palm House a fine mist was being sprayed into the air, making photography a challenge.
The Palm House and adjoining structures have an impressive 2,500 m2 of space and are filled with an impressive collection of tropical and subtropical plants including palms, bamboo and colorful flowers. There are ladders reaching into the upper portions of the structure, and given the glass environment these elevated platforms provides views not only of the canopy of the plants but also of the surrounding city.
Part of this Palm House complex incudes a Succulent and Cactus House, filled with plants familiar to those in the Americas.
In 2018 the Botanical Garden premiered a new Butterfly House which is open only during the summer season. It's a relatively small display, but does a good job of demonstrating the life cycle of these insects. It's a nice environment in which to closely observe and photograph butterflies.
(an assortment of pupae from which you can watch butterflies emerge)
All in all, these structures are well worth exploring.