The city I live in was greatly shaped by a man named RJ Reynolds, and his tobacco company. He and his wife built a sprawling estate in the early 1900s which included a working farm and an extensive garden. Today, the house is a museum and the gardens are free for the public to explore and admire.
The Conservatory is easily my favorite part. It is used for educational purposes and classes are held there every so often
Something about the organized clutter of pots, and plants of all shapes and sizes clustered together makes me happy when I look at it.
They make use of every surface, even the ceiling!
The very back is dedicated to propagating new plants. It’s fun to be able to explore and see what they have newly growing.
I am always drooling over their massive orchid collection. They have so many unique species.
I think I could spend days in this lovely place!
I want to make a point to come here more often. Especially since it’s only a short drive up the road and it doesn’t cost anything to have a look around.

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