In February, I visited the greenhouses at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts to see the camellias in bloom. These greenhouses are maintained by the nonprofit Historic New England organization and are some of the oldest in the country. The greenhouses were very interesting and I highly urge you visit. The first three greenhouses contain citrus, banana, grape vines and fruiting plants and other miscellanious plants such as calla lilies. Next there is a greenhouse containing plants you can buy and gift items. Finally in the back are the orchid and camellia green houses. The camellias are in full bloom from New Years through the end of February. The orchid house also contained many interesting species and hybrids in bloom during my visit.
On your way out I highly recommend checking out the plants for sale. You can purchase orchids, camellias, citrus plants and other interesting house and garden plants. Many plants for sale were propagated from the estate's collections. The garden shop is staffed by knowledgeable staff. The self guided tour took about 1 hour to visit the various green houses but you could spend much more time examining each plant if you like.
Several times a year the Lyman Estate Greenhouses sponsors special plant sales including an orchid, herb and perennial plant sale.
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