The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory was opened in 1989 to highlight the botanical richness of selected tropical and desert regions around the world, and to educate visitors on issues of conservation and plant use.
The Fuqua Conservatory is divided into five main display areas:
- Conservatory Lobby, which houses the Garden’s amphibian displays
- Special Exhibits
- Desert House
- Tropical Rotunda
The Fuqua Orchid Center, a separately-funded Garden project, is connected to the back of the Fuqua Conservatory.
Not just a display of plants from climates around the world, the 16,000-square-foot Fuqua Conservatory requires heat, hand-watering, ventilation and occasional organic pest control and fertilizers to maintain optimal climates. Sensors throughout poll each minute, measuring light, humidity and temperature, and motorized ventilation systems adjust accordingly.