Glasshouses, orangeries and conservatories in the Midlands

To nurture exotic plants and flowers, or sometimes just to grow more food many of the places in our care have made use of glasshouses, orangeries or conservatories. Here are the stories of a few of these fascinating structures.

The plans show a garden to the east and west sides and a formal garden at the rear. The plants and flowers are detailed. This could be a Wyatt drawing, although unsigned the colours and writing are similar to known Wyatt drawings.

Orangeries in the Midlands 

Brick or stone built orangeries with extensive areas of glass were developed on the 17th and 18th century estates of the wealthiest landowners and became an important element of a garden or park’s layout

Palm House

The glasshouse at Clumber Park 

At 450ft (130m) the Long Range glasshouse in Clumber Park’s Walled Kitchen Garden is the longest glasshouse cared for by the National Trust.

William Jnr in the greenhouse at Endcliffe Villa

Exploring Walter's Greenhouse at Mr Straw's House 

Mr Straw's House is full over everyday yet unusual items left by the Straw family. The greenhouse at Mr Straw's House is no different, a treasure trove of cacti and succulents, many of which only flower once a year.

Greenhouse or orangery in the garden at Kedleston on a sunny day in summer

The changing fortunes of Kedleston’s Orangery  

The orangery at Kedleston seems not to face the right way. How did this come to pass?

Sunnycroft Halilday

Conserving Sunnycroft's conservatory 

One of only two remaining examples of its type, find out why this 120 year old conservatory is so special, and why vital restoration work is needed.

Calke Abbey, Midlands, Orangery and Kitchen Garden in summer

Calke Abbey's orangery 

Once a busy centre for growing fruit and vegetables for the family, the kitchen garden fell into decline after the Second World War. See how it's used today and find out more about the orangery.