Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 8:  With forecasts of bad weather on the way, Joie came up with the ultimate way for two Florida gals to hold onto thoughts of warmer places -- a tour of the Durfee Conservatory at UMass Amherst.












Being coy...or koi
The moment we stepped inside the glass and brick building, the tropics welcomed us with warm, oxygen-rich air, jungle foliage, bonsai trees, orchids and flowering cacti. It even has a bridge across a koi fish pond.

Bonsai!


We plan to visit often & will be anxious to see it in the summer when the grape vines are flourishing with vintage aspirations and northern flowers are showing off their colors outside of the building, but even in the rapidly dropping temperature, we found a gem - a giant pine tree, with a trunk too big for Joie & Marilyn to circle it holding hands.
This year's Christmas tree???