Desert Pavilion

The Desert Pavilion houses plants from arid regions in both the Old and New World. The New World cacti, located on the left side of the entrance, are from the American Southwest, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. Old World succulents on the right are from South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, the Canary Islands, and North Africa. Shrubs, trees, cacti, succulents, and wildflowers from these regions illustrate the diversity of desert plant life as well as the various mechanisms plants have developed to survive a desert climate.

Plants

The shrubs, trees, cacti, succulents, and wildflowers of the various regions represented in the Desert House illustrate the diversity of desert plant life as well as the various mechanisms plants have developed to survive a desert climate. Some highlights of the Desert Pavilion include the collection of Madagascan plants, Lithops, Desert ephemerals and wildflowers, Chilean plants, Jojoba, and Pereskia.

Curator Caitlin Daley

Caitlin Daley, Curator

Caitlin Daley is curator of the Desert Pavilion and Entry House. Her background in the visual arts led her initially to the floral industry and then to a career in horticulture. She was a Horticulture intern at BBG in 2012 and returned to work at BBG in 2014 after interning at Stonecrop Gardens, in Cold Spring, New York, and working for a private landscape design company. Caitlin particularly enjoys the challenges of working with a diverse collection within the Conservatory’s engineered environments, as well as creating artistic and engaging displays for the public.

The Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
Crown-of-Thorns (Euphorbia milii) blooms in the Desert Pavilion. Photo by Dave Allen
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