The Lucille Halsell Conservatory is one of the focal points of the botanical garden. Circling the Courtyard are exhibit rooms that feature plants from all over the world. There is also a pond with varieties of tropical water lilies to relax and enjoy.
The main exhibit room houses orchids, bromeliads, and other tropical varieties of flowers and plants in a tropical rainforest environment. The room is for the epiphyte plants that exist by growing on other plants.
The Robert and Helen Kleberg Desert Pavilion features plants from Mexico and Southern Africa. Plants that have the special ability to store water and ration its own usage of water, grow in this room.
The Gretchen Northrup Tropical Conservatory features tropical plants that must fight for light by growing tall with large leaves. The cocoa, coffee, and rubber trees can be found in this room. There are also varieties of climbing plants, vines, and tropical flowering plants.
The Palm and Cycad Pavilion house ancient varieties of plants from the stone age. Palms, Queen Sago, Lata Palm, and Coconut Palm, are all grown in this exhibit room.
The last of the exhibit rooms in the Lucille Halsell Conservatory is the Fern Grotto. This room houses what are considered one of the oldest varieties of plant in the world, ferns.
Texas Native Trail
This eleven- acre trail pays homage to the various regions of Texas. Over 250 plant species grow in the Texas Native Trail with the Hill Country, East Texas Pineywoods, and South Texas regions all being represented in this unique setting. Adding to the authenticity is several early Texas houses on the property that add to the regional flair and history. Even the soil for each region is brought in to provide optimal growth and life for the plants and trees. The Hill Country representational region is home to live oaks, juniper, mountain laurel, crabapples, maples, and other limestone tolerant plants. Over on the Pineywoods section you can find pine trees, sassafras, sweet gum and acidic soil loving species grow vibrantly. The South Texas region of the Texas Native Trail grows dryland trees, and thorny bushes, as well as olive trees, and ebony.
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