Explore two continents through one door
Your trip through the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse is an unforgettable adventure
The Glasshouse offers a thrilling year-round escape to the fantastic spiny desert of Madagascar and the butterfly-filled rainforest of Costa Rica. The Glasshouse features some of the strangest plants you’ve ever seen, including “upside down” baobabs, bottle-shaped pachypodiums, a colossal strangler fig and more.
The city seems to slip away and you're surrounded by two other-worldly landscapes featuring 350 species of exotic plants. 50 different types of butterflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians flutter, climb and crawl through naturalistic habitats. The Glasshouse is unique among conservatories because it shows how plants, animals, geology and climate interact in delicate balance.
Did you know?
- The Glasshouse opened in July, 2003.
- A computer controlled climate system moderates the temperature and humidity in the glasshouse. The fog system uses specially purified water.
- There are 3,400 pieces of glass.
- 738,000 pounds of steel make up the structure.
- There are 20 tons of soil.
- Daily chameleon feedings and butterfly releases are part of the fun for visitors.
Daily butterfly release
Meet at the pupa case at 2:00 pm daily to see newly hatched butterflies take flight for the first time.