Loose Conservatory

Warren Loose Conservatory

 

Warren Loose Conservatory at 10,000 square feet is one of the largest conservatories in a public garden in Texas.  Warren Loose contributed many hours of volunteer assistance in developing the Beaumont Botanical Gardens.  He coined the phrase “Little Ole Ladies in tennis shoes” to kick start us to do bigger and better things.  His specialty was bromeliads and cryptanthus.  In his travels to Central and South America, he discovered and named plants never before identified in horticulture.  In the Conservatory you will see plants common to tropical areas and rain forests, as well as arid regions, along with some of Warren’s favorite bromeliads.  Some plants bear delicious edible fruit, while others are poisonous.  There is a waterfall splashing into a pond of champion Koi.  Another pond features fancy goldfish, and beautiful water lily blooms.  A plaza facing an arbor is a site for weddings.  You will find plants like ones that grew in ancient times interspersed with large pieces of petrified wood, all guarded by a pterodactyl and brontosaur.  In a more arid region a leopard on a boulder gazes at goldfish darting among water lilies.

 Waterlilly Pond with fancy goldfish.

Friendly Tikis welcome you to the conservatory