Warm Temperate Pavilion


The Helen Mattin Warm Temperate Pavilion houses trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and ground covers that represent the diversity of plant life in warm temperate regions around the world, including the Mediterranean basin; South Africa; Australia; New Zealand; Eastern Asia; western coastal regions of North America (mainly California); and western coastal regions of South America (mainly Chile).

Warm temperate climate is characterized by cool, wet winters and hot, dry, droughty summers. Plants in these climate zones have special adaptations that allow them to survive seasonally harsh conditions, especially drought, and in some cases, fire. The Pavilion is particularly brilliant in February and March when BBG’s expansive collection of South African bulbs is in full bloom.

Karla Chandler

Karla Chandler, BBG Gardener

 

Karla Chandler’s public gardening career began at The Prospect Park Zoo where she was employed on the horticulture staff. In 1999 she began working at BBG as a gardener aide. She was promoted to gardener in 2001 and put in charge of the Warm temperate plants, which include an extensive South African Bulb Collection. She has made two trips to South Africa to study and explore the unique geophytes. In addition to her focus on creating a naturalistic and educational display she is interested in soil health and is incorporating compost teas and organic fertilizers in the Pavilion. She also designs and installs the four-season container display at BBG’s Terrace Café.

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South African Bulbs in Bloom

Must-see plants in the Warm Temperate Pavilion include the rare Wollemi pine; the agriculturally important olive tree from the Mediterranean region; the very distinctive bunya-bunya tree of northeastern Australia; and BBG's special collection of South African bulbs and other warm temperate geophytes, which bloom from late winter to early spring.

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    • It may be 34 degrees outside this Groundhog Day, but it's toasty and colorful enough in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory to make you think it's spring! Photo by Rebecca BulleneIt may be 34 degrees outside this Groundhog Day, but it's toasty and colorful enough in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory to make you think it's spring! Photo by Rebecca Bullene
    • The Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory.The Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
    • The Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory.The Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
    • Echium candicans and Geranium maderense bloom together in the Warm Temperate Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Echium candicans and Geranium maderense bloom together in the Warm Temperate Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
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      • A South African native, this small but stunningly gorgeous Ferraria ferrariola Iris is one of many flowers blooming this February inside the Warm Temperate Pavilion at BBG. Photo by Rebecca BulleneA South African native, this small but stunningly gorgeous Ferraria ferrariola Iris is one of many flowers blooming this February inside the Warm Temperate Pavilion at BBG. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
      • A detail of Hardenbergia violacea. This vine-lilac is a profuse bloomer and adds great color to the Warm Temperate Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca BulleneA detail of Hardenbergia violacea. This vine-lilac is a profuse bloomer and adds great color to the Warm Temperate Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
      • Incredible contrasting colors, long fringe, and a subtle vanilla-like scent make this Ferraria crispa or 'spider iris' a bloom not to be missed in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of BBG. Photo by Rebecca BulleneIncredible contrasting colors, long fringe, and a subtle vanilla-like scent make this Ferraria crispa or 'spider iris' a bloom not to be missed in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of BBG. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
      • A member of the Iris family, this S. African native Moraea atropunctata is a brand new addition to the Warm Temperate Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.A member of the Iris family, this S. African native Moraea atropunctata is a brand new addition to the Warm Temperate Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • Native to the cool mountainous regions of South East Asia, there are over 300 species of Vireya Rhododendrons. Blooming now in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Native to the cool mountainous regions of South East Asia, there are over 300 species of Vireya Rhododendrons. Blooming now in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • Gorgeous color in these Lachenalia mutabilisi  (Cape Cowslips) blooming this week in the Warm Temperate Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory. This South African native is in the Hyacinth family. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Gorgeous color in these Lachenalia mutabilisi (Cape Cowslips) blooming this week in the Warm Temperate Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory. This South African native is in the Hyacinth family. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • A bright and beautiful Apricot-Tulip blooming in the Warm Temperate Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca BulleneA bright and beautiful Apricot-Tulip blooming in the Warm Temperate Pavilion. Photo by Rebecca Bullene
      • Another stunning member of the Iris family blooming in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Another stunning member of the Iris family blooming in the Warm Temperate Pavilion of the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
      • Lachenalia aloides var quadricolor. Photo by Uli Lorimer.Lachenalia aloides var quadricolor. Photo by Uli Lorimer.
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