Friday Fun: Orangeries

If you get even more ambitious, beyond the suburban world of conservatories, there is the palatial orangery beckoning. All good European palaces had them in the 18th and 19th centuries. Here are a few favourites you might want to make your own.

Belton House, Lincolnshire - modest proportions but pleasing symmetry.
Belton House, Lincolnshire – modest proportions but pleasing symmetry. From Pinterest.
The main orangery at the Summer Palace near St. Petersburg is a monstrosity, but I prefer this little 'outhouse'.
The main orangery at the Summer Palace near St. Petersburg is a monstrosity, but I prefer this little ‘outhouse’. From Intrepid Travelogue.
The luxuriously repurposed orangery/restaurant in Monlucon, from TripAdvisor.
The luxuriously repurposed orangery/restaurant in Monlucon, from TripAdvisor.
The ambitious project at Schloss Schwerin in Germany.
The ambitious project at Schloss Schwerin in Germany. From Wikimedia.
The Orangery Palace (Orangerieschloss) in Park Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany
The grandiose Orangery Palace (Orangerieschloss) at Sanssouci, Germany, from 123rf.com
A French favourite, the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
A French favourite, the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. From mnhn.fr
Winterhuin near Anvers, a masterpiece of Belgian Art Nouveau style. From Home & Garden.
Winterhuin near Anvers, a masterpiece of Belgian Art Nouveau style. From Home & Garden.
Finally, the truly endless orangery at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, from schonbrunn.at
Finally, the truly endless orangery at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, from schonbrunn.at

Now I’m thinking of getting a little orange tree for my modest conservatory, just so I can legitimately call it an ‘orangery’.

17 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Orangeries”

  1. Hmmmmm, very lovely but I liked the conservatories better! We visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan yesterday and I was charmed by the old greenhouses. They are productive and intended for growth not leisure but they were so beautiful and restful. Give me a chair and a book in one of them and I’d be very happy; I wouldn’t need anything else apart from a tea tray! Not sure how good the photos are yet but hopefully they will show how evocative the greenhouses looked. The citrus house (orange and lemons maybe?) was closed for restoration. I still have that to look forward to!

    1. The conservatories are more intimate and better suited to quiet contemplation and reading, I agree. But just think of the literary salons you could host in the orangeries!

  2. For me Friday Fun always ends up as Sunday Treat.

    Great pictures. Two nice conservatories : the one at the Jacquemart André museum in Paris and the one at the Musée des Frères Lumière in Lyon.

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