I visited Longwood Gardens down in Pennsylvania late last week, and one of the things I was most excited to see was, believe it or not, their new public bathrooms. When I was there late last summer they were just completing them, and even then, during a sneak peak when I had to duck under scaffolding wearing a hard hat, they were spectacular. They’re even better now! This underground corridor is attached to one of the rear corners of the conservatory, and it’s a huge living wall under a glass roof, with individual bathrooms evenly spaced along each side. Inside each bathroom is a domed ceiling topped with a small, round skylight that pokes out of the grass above. It’s truly a spectacular destination, even if you don’t feel the urge to pee… Forgive the lousy shots of the bathroom interiors. They don’t do these relaxing rooms justice.
Here’s a link to more info on this very cool addition to this already amazing garden.
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An elegant use of a contempoary gardening technique. I will visit Longwood just to see this.
Another vote for best restrooms...if you are ever in Alexandria, Ohio, check out Baker's Acres Garden Center. Their restrooms change theme annually. Always worth a visit! Oh, and their selection of plants and expertise are wonderful too!
Wow! What plants are growing on those walls?
Wow! Beautiful *and* smart. I've been told about Longwood for some time, now... gotta get there.
I must be missing something... I don't get it with all the ooing and aahing... it's a toilet, not the emporer's new clothes. I live on a farm, when I want to see greenery up close and personal I climb down from my tractor and squat behind a bush/tree in a hedgerow and fertilze. That total waste of dollars on the ludicrus reminds me of a military latrine in Nam but with doors.
michelle, did you put on your investigative jounalist hat and reach behind those plants to reveal the true story?
what a terrific wall.
It sure is beautiful but I am not so sure I would like the skylight because I would feel like somebody is looking in and how do they assure that nobody does.
I'm thinking about hungry, abused children.
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