On Friday, I visited the Muttart Conservatory for the first time in my memory. And while there are many things that I could type about right now about that visit, I wanted to type about the awesomeness of the facility, and I guess my visit to a certain extent. The Muttart Conservatory is made up of 4 pyramids, 3 of which are permanent, and one of which is the Feature Pyramid.
First we visited the Tropical pyramid which focuses on plants from the Tropical biome. I enjoyed looking at the pretty flowers, exotic plants, trees, heat and humidity. Looking at banana trees, plants that remind me of areas I've visited before and otherwise was a whole lot of fun!
Then we wandered around the Feature pyramid, which was decorated for Easter with lilies, daffodils, hyacinths and otherwise along with teddy bears for the Teddy Bears Picnic theme. The scent of SO MANY very potent flowers reminded me a lot of Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata because that play so well uses the potent scent of WAY TOO MANY hyacinths for effect (death, illness, sickness)… there are reasons, why I rather don't like floral scents when they aren't attached to real flowers! 🙂 It was a nice pyramid though, pretty with lots of colour.
I was glad that the temperate pyramid, which houses plants from similar climactic areas to Alberta/BC, was not as highly scented (that would have been strange). It was nice and did not smell like pine or anything overt. Very familiar.
The arid pyramid was my favorite, however. It was dry and filled with very neat/fascinating cacti! We spent the longest here, looking at Elephant plants, observing spiny plants and basking in the warmth.
All in all, I would highly recommend a visit to the Muttart Conservatory if indeed one likes plants. It was a very neat place!