it turns out it's always open to the public, at least the conservatory rooms. it's very different than a garden store greenhouse where usually the goal is to get you to buy stuff. here the mission is to do science and education and oh by the way, here are some lovely rooms with parts of our collection on display.
|a wall of drawings by students in a botanical drawings class|
|the pitcher plants of your nightmares|
|the "fruit cocktail" tree. it bears plums, peaches, and nectarines.|