Logee’s Greenhouse is a paradise of exotic plants located in an unassuming town in Connecticut. They are well-known for their unique selection of plants which are prized by people all over the country. I am horrible at keeping houseplants alive, so Jeff and I went to their greenhouse just to gaze at the gorgeous specimens and pretend we were someplace tropical for a bit.
You enter through a small shop/potting shed that leads to at least 3 or 4 greenhouses – I don’t think we even saw them all. The verdant green aisles seem to go on forever, and everywhere you look are healthy, colorful, beautiful plants – many of which have educational tags about the species and it’s ideal growing conditions.
Logee’s is especially famous for their citrus collection – an obsession that began in 1900 when Logee’s founder purchased a Ponderosa Lemon tree and transported it home from Philadelphia by train and horse and buggy. That tree is still alive and producing fruit today – a little plaque near it said that thousands of propagations have been harvested and that it’s been visited by Katherine Hepburn. They also had several varieties of lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, and kumquats.
I took home a little apple geranium. If I can manage to keep it alive, perhaps I will let myself try to grow citrus one day!