the wonder and amazement of gardens under glass…
the left of the visitor and education center is the Marjorie K. Daugherty
Conservatory. A study in luxuriant flowers and foliage, unusual plant life,
dramatic water features and panoramic views, the 17,500 square foot
conservatory is a walkable work of art for all four seasons. From tropical
gardens with soaring palms and vibrant flowers to temperate gardens with
moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas, to an ever-changing gallery space
for magnificent floral displays and special events, guests can explore
picturesque garden areas and experience creative horticultural designs
throughout the year.
With the visual appearance that the glass structure is growing
from the hillside, the conservatory's uniqueness lies in the gradual
twenty-foot rise in elevation that visitors experience from the entry to the
northern end. This provides surprises around every corner- including a ten-foot
waterwall, dramatic glimpses of the contrasting
conservatory plantings, a large pool with Victoria water lilies- and culminates
with an outlook over the beautiful Missouri River valley and the entrance to
the garden's century-old bur oak forest in the middle of the city.
Unlike most conservatories today, which interpret ecosystems or
focus on specific plant communities, the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
focuses on what Lauritzen Gardens does best, gardens. Older conservatories were
built as garden settings or plant collections of exotic plants that were
displayed in a gardenesque way. The conservatory at
Lauritzen Gardens is inspired by these historical conservatories, and is
designed to showcase the beauty of a traditional garden in the southern United
States in the temperate house and collections of elegantly displayed tropical
plants in the tropical house.
admission rates apply.
are admitted free. Join