I've got such a backlog of photos to show you. These are from a visit to the Duke Farms Orchid Range in a nearby town. I took them way back in September. And although our temps are definitely autumn-like now, I can still remember how hot and humid the air was in this beautiful glass house.
Duke Farms is a park of nearly 1000 acres that once belonged to tobacco heiress Doris Duke. She was quite the scandalous woman of her time. For a little more information on her life, read here.
The park itself is now administered as a model of environmental stewardship, utilizing and teaching the best and newest methods of best land management practices. There are a number of trails for walking and biking, a series of man-made lakes, and a community-shared garden. The beautiful conservatory shown here was designed by the Boston architectural firm of Kendall, Taylor & Stevens, and constructed by Lloyd & Burnham in 1900. Built as a lavish, ornamental structure in the English country house aesthetic, the building was used for commercial production of orchids and other flowers for the New York market in the first half of the twentieth century. Today it has been renovated to LEED gold standards. LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is an internationally-recognized green building certification system.
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