The largest pavilion of BBG’s conservatory complex, the Tropical Pavilion—6,000 square feet under glass—soars to a height of 65 feet to accommodate its tallest trees. It recreates a tropical forest, including waterfalls and streams. The main tropical regions of the world are represented here: the Amazon basin, African rainforest, and tropical eastern Asia.
Perhaps the earliest American botanic garden to organize its tropical forest display in terms of economic uses of plants, BBG continues this tradition in the Tropical Pavilion. Plantings are arranged to represent the categories of fragrance, food, medicine, and industry, with ornamental plants through the house. Also emphasized in the Tropical Pavilion is the importance of conservation. In particular, the continued destruction of tropical forests results in the loss of potentially valuable plants that could provide food or medicines.
Leonard Paul is the curator of the Tropical Pavilion.