10 Ways To Use Your Conservatory

Monday, 14 July 2014 by

Why do some people build a conservatory and others do not? It’s about connection. Connecting with nature, with the outdoors. Bring the natural outdoor environment into your house and experience it, rain or shine every day of the year. How many days of your year do you find yourself holed up in the house? How

Greenhouse Affect

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 by

Yes, we all talk about greenhouse effect and it seems the news continues to be more and more dismal. Today, let’s talk about greenhouse ‘affect’, the effect of living in a glass environment on your soul, your psyche and your health. We all know the long dark winter days we have just endured are hard

The ROI of Building A Greenhouse

Monday, 07 July 2014 by
building a greenhouse

16 years ago I installed a unique gable conservatory for a customer named Joan, and recently I received a call from her. Her husband was taking a position at a college in Virginia and they had to sell their house and move. The hardest part was not leaving her friends, or the comfort of her community.


Every conservatory is different. Some are built in the shade of stately trees. Others are built right out in the southern sun and take a full hit of infrared waves daily. Keeping a conservatory cool requires pre-planning. Keeping it cool with the modern conveniences of automated conservatory features is a luxury that cannot be underrated. In

We are often asked about the differences between our conservatory designs. There are many words associated with a glass enclosed room including conservatories, greenhouses, orangeries, sunrooms, and enclosed porches. While all of these terms are related, it is important for a homeowner to identify how they would like to utilize the space. Typically, a conservatory incorporates

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Keeping a conservatory cool begins with planning. Before the first nail is hammered, heat control must be incorporated into the conservatory’s design. Doing so without one is a surefire plan for an uncomfortable conservatory. 4 Tips on Keeping a Conservatory Cool Natural shading from surrounding trees Solar glass Automatic or roller blinds and shades Ventilation systems As soon

how to germinate and grow from seeds

Let’s talk about gardening, and how to germinate and grow your plants from seeds. In short, the hard carbohydrate in that seed must dissolve, turn to sugar and provide energy to the endosperm in the seed. This process takes from 3 to 25 days to take place. Through that period, all seeds must be kept moist to dissolve the carbohydrates. If they dry out, they die. Starting over again by watering a dry bed will not bring them back to life. Seeds are not Lazarus. Remember this when seeding your lawn or any other seeds you might plant.

OK, enough Biology for the day. Salvia is one of those plants that requires light for proper germination. If you have a growth chamber for germination, set it so the lights are on 16 hours per day.  As you know from this post, it has been requested for my daughter’s wedding.

We know from our research that Salvia requires 10 days to germinate. I plant them around April 1st, and note on the seedling flat the date of expected germination. Keep this seed on the surface. Remember, it needs light to germinate!

A Conservatory Wedding! OMG!

Saturday, 25 January 2014 by
Como Park Wedding

Well, my youngest, Allison, has announced her plans to marry Daniel Johnson on September 6th of 2014. What great news for our family! She is so happy, and Daniel is really a fine gentlemen. As a dad, I could not be happier or luckier.

Or, so I thought. The next piece of news from her smiling face was “and we are having the ceremony in the conservatory!”

WHAT?!! Oh boy. I could see my wife, Mary Jo’s eyes and I knew right there what she was thinking. The longest most extensive ‘Honey Do’ listin history! I mean if I had all 3 beehives that I own helping me, there would never be as much Honey Do!

Well, the shock has eased some and its time for reality. One thing I know for sure, if there is going to be 100 people in this conservatory garden, it is going to be spectacular! All my garden design days are going to work to support me as I re-think every plant in the garden. They must all earn their keep to be in this big show!

Seed Starting in the Conservatory

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 by
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The Holiday season is over, the decorations are down, the winter has a firm grip on life, and mind begins to dream about the next season. Spring! Last year was not a kind spring. Everything was late. I had to feed my poor bees until the third week of June before pollen finally was available

There is no doubt that weather patterns are changing and storms we experience have become more severe. 15 of our conservatories in NJ, NY and PA experienced full force winds and rain from hurricane Sandy. None of our structures suffered any wind or water damage. One of our conservatories, under construction, had a small leak,