|Convertible, moving-wall greenhouse, with back wall open for summer.|
In Buffalo this summer, while Helen and I toured the city's must-see Garden Walk, I became deliriously envious (I mean, inspired) of a design solution for convertible greenhouse. Buffalo gardeners Arlan and Dom had transformed their greenhouse into four-season use. A greenhouse that doesn't turn into the fiery gates of hell in the summer? So smart! What they designed (and constructed themselves) is a greenhouse attached to the back of the house, and enclosed for the winter. So far, so good: typical greenhouse. But in spring, the magic happens, when the entire back wall pivots upward on a hinge into a horizontal position, and held up by pillars. The wall then serves as a summer patio roof, (with fabric shading), and the fully open wall lets fresh air flow into a now open-air greenhouse.
Great tip: Wild strawberries in the gaps of the stone steps leading from the terrace. Arlan says they mostly "provide the squirrels with a buffet".
|Some greenhouse plants, (like this burrows tail sedum that made me gasp), remain inside the greenhouse winter and summer.|
|Classical fountain sculpture looks towards the terrace.|
|This thirty-two year old gardenia, standard bay trees, and a small orange tree all summer outside on the shady terrace.|
|Scale model of the historical house and garden shows the greenhouse construction.|