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.

Susan Aument

 

Susan Aument began working at BBG in 1996 as a horticulture intern and was hired as Desert Pavilion curator the following year. She traveled on a botanical expedition to Chile in 2004 and has been to the American Southwest many times, including one amazing El Nino spring. In 2000, she began to also curate the Tropical Entry House and its Trail of Evolution. Her interest in gardening was sparked in Florida, where she took horticulture classes and worked at several nurseries, and tropical plants remain an area of interest and inspiration.

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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.

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    • The Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.The Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
    • Melocactus glaucescens in the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.Melocactus glaucescens in the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
    • Cereus aethiops in the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.Cereus aethiops in the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
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      • A Stalked Bulbine in the desert house of the Steinhardt Conservatory.  When the buds open, they reveal 6 petaled star shaped flowers. 
Photo by Rebecca BulleneA Stalked Bulbine in the desert house of the Steinhardt Conservatory. When the buds open, they reveal 6 petaled star shaped flowers. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
      • This Euphorbia milii or Crown-of-Thorns is a woody succulent native to Madagascar. It blooms year round in the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
Photo by Rebecca BulleneThis Euphorbia milii or Crown-of-Thorns is a woody succulent native to Madagascar. It blooms year round in the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
      • This silver Arctotis is a S. African native and stunning example of a desert wildflower. Once it opens it looks white with only the slightest hint of the pale purple it has now. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.This silver Arctotis is a S. African native and stunning example of a desert wildflower. Once it opens it looks white with only the slightest hint of the pale purple it has now. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • This bright pink/purple succulent flower adds lovely winter interest to the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca BulleneThis bright pink/purple succulent flower adds lovely winter interest to the Desert House of the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
      • Celistocactus hyalacanthus blooms in the Desert Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Celistocactus hyalacanthus blooms in the Desert Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • Abromeitiella brevifoliaAbromeitiella brevifolia
      • Adenium obesum (desert rose) blooms in a neon pink that can't be missed in the Desert Pavilion today! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Adenium obesum (desert rose) blooms in a neon pink that can't be missed in the Desert Pavilion today! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • Kleinaalwyn (Aloe mudenensis) blooms in the Desert Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Kleinaalwyn (Aloe mudenensis) blooms in the Desert Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • Bunny ears (Opuntia microdasys) in the Desert Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bunny ears (Opuntia microdasys) in the Desert Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
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