You may have heard that Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle includes a series of enormous greenhouses called The Spheres that are packed with an incredible collection of tropical plants. Frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong had the chance to visit and is taking us all on a tour of The Spheres today!
I’ve waited a long time to be able to tour The Spheres, and I finally did so in early February. I had heard from gardening friends that garden tours are now open to the public on the first and third Saturdays of each month. I got to visit The Understory last year, but of course it only made me want to see the inside even more.
The photos speak for themselves, and you will be astounded by the Living Wall when you enter and will continue to be astounded as you climb up to The Skydeck and look down at the entire wall. There are docents throughout who will answer your questions.
I caution that you may have an uncontrollable urge to buy a huge lot of houseplants after your visit. Kudos to Amazon, Siteworkshop, and Amazon Horticulture for this amazing garden. I hope to visit again, and I hope you all can visit someday soon.
Welcome to The Spheres!
The Living Wall is completely covered with a diverse mix of tropical plants.
The structure of the spheres themselves is beautiful and complements the natural forms of the plants growing within.
A tropical carnivorous plant in the genus Nepenthes. Of all the carnivorous plants, this is probably the genus that is easiest to grow indoors as a houseplant.
Big bold leaves mixed with ferns always look great.
A smaller living wall growing with supplemental artificial light. This is something you could totally recreate at home. LED lights are so energy efficient and good for plant growth that they make plantings like this very practical.
Here’s another living wall, this one of ferns. I want one!
This spiny leaf belongs, I believe, to a begonia.
The spheres are so large that there are entire trees growing inside.
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