When it comes to greenhouses, the Head House is the place where all the equipment goes. It can also contain storage spaces, sitting areas, offices, restrooms and other areas. With all that functionality, they are an important element in the overall scheme – and can be fun to design!
For our most recent Palm House, the Head House is also the entryway so it needed a very elegant solution. The design began with an idea for … a single window!
“Believe it or not, the starting point for this Palm House was a single window…”
Tanglewood Senior Designer
This Head House will also serve as
a grand salon for indoor-outdoor dining. Its classical Mediterranean style
combines steel and mahogany to maximize the amount of sunlight inside. The
light and airy feel is perfect for gatherings with family and friends. Inside,
the atmosphere is tropical, with sounds of water from the fountain falling
quietly in the background.
We look forward to hearing about
your vision for your perfect greenhouse.
Comments Off on Meet Ann Green, the Rawlings Conservatory’s New Director!
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Ann Green says she gets to work in a tropical paradise, so what’s not to like?
As the new director of that paradise, the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, she loves to watch people’s reactions when they visit.
“People are so blown away” by the plants and the building, and seeing that reaction is a real treat for her, she said.
Ann is not
new to the Conservatory. She was the Volunteer Coordinator and Webmaster for seven
years before her promotion to the top job.
She’s always loved gardening. Growing up in the suburbs of Howard County, Ann said,
“We three children were my mother’s and father’s little work horses. We did vegetable and flower gardening. It was the most fun chore there was, even weeding.”
Gardening has been a life-long passion since then. She tends ornamental, vegetable, and herb gardens in her yard in Baltimore, and cares for an extensive collection of houseplants.
bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from St. Mary’s College and a
master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Ann has a background
in non-profit management and community engagement that she is eager to put to
work to grow the Conservatory.
For her graduate degree, she had an internship with the Friends of Druid Hill Park and helped get the farmers’ market established. From there, she was offered the volunteer coordinator job at the Conservatory.
“Working with volunteers is so rewarding! Their work amplifies what our staff does in really remarkable ways,” she said.
appreciates those volunteers, too — “We have so many dedicated volunteers” who
make contributions in caring for plants as well as providing programming and
Now in her
new post, she said she’s extremely busy, taking care of the plants and the
facility with a staff of just two full-time and six part-time employees. “The staff are awesome.” And don’t forget the
four-legged staff – Conservatory cat, Mango, is a favorite of Ann’s.
programming at the Conservatory has made a name for the Rawlings, she said.
Seasonal shows, cocktail events, children’s programming and other educational
programs bring in visitors. Local art teachers bring students to do painting or
illustration projects which are then shown in the Conservatory. It’s a busy
place, even on a winter afternoon.
future, Ann said a big capital project is in the planning stages: The original
130-year-old glass Palm House needs renovation. Re-design of the outdoor
gardens and enclosing it in a deer-proof fence is another hoped-for improvement
on her wish list.
visitors to keep coming back. “The Conservatory changes all the time, even if
you’ve been here, there is something different in bloom now. It’s a wonderful
place to visit throughout the year.”
events coming up at the Rawlings Conservatory
and Garden Show” – April 6-21. The Conservatory’s annual spring show features hundreds of flowers
grown from bulbs arranged with other spring plants and, this year, a scattering
of garden gnomes. See how many little guys you can find among the blooms! Open
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.
Tree Baltimore’s Fruit Tree
noon – 3 p.m. April 13. This
year’s family-friendly atmosphere features a fruit tree giveaway, nature play
space for kids, various environmental and community non-profit groups, food,
and drink. Local emcee Alanah Nichole introduces various artists of all ages
performing spoken word poetry and live music. Visit the vendor tents to learn
about honey bees and native pollinators, plants for the orchard, and
Gardening Day – May 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help other volunteers, students and community members
plant the outdoor gardens at the Conservatory and enjoy lunch provided by the
Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory.
Comments Off on Is this really you, O great and beautiful Crystal Palace?
Driving from Dallas to Ft. Worth last week I did a double take; I thought time had warped when I saw the Great Crystal Palace, the seminal work of Joseph Paxton completed in 1851 for the London Industrial Exhibition, in its pristine glory actually there beside the Texas freeway!
Was I delusional?
I’ve been engrossed in writing my book on the Great Conservatories of the nineteenth Century among which, Paxton’s Crystal Palace is a giant icon, yes, but was I really seeing things? Actually, no! Architect Martin Growald created the design of the new InfoMart building for real estate tycoon Trammell Crow who envisions a permanent sales showcase for the newest electronic wonders.
Maybe the imagery is not so far off! After all, wasn’t the original Crystal Palace, built in London just for such a purpose – a massive exposition in which the inevitability of a richer and healthier future (due to the technological advances of the industrial revolution) would be on view? Over six million visitors came, many on horses, to view the latest and greatest of manufactured goods from all around the world.
If you have not seen this grand landmark we recommend a drive by!
There are so many things we can learn from the Great Conservatories that lived before us – and we’ve only hit the surface! We look forward to sharing our knowledge of these grand structures with you in my new book.
Stay tuned for my book’s release date!
In the meantime, talk with our team about how you can bring this time-honored tradition to your home!
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“Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch…
For the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.”
Manufacturing gets another look…
To celebrate the real value of Manufacturing in Maryland, we
must look beyond just recognizing great companies that bring value to our
Manufacturing is a MINDSET; it is the creation of innovative ideas. How do we inspire the “excitement for CREATING things” in our future workforce?
From the building of extraordinary glass architecture to
custom, hand-crafted boats to beautiful architectural mesh, manufacturing is experiencing
a renaissance of relevance.
In Maryland, manufacturing is responsible for over 104,000
jobs and the generation of $23.4 billion in gross state product. With such a
strong impact in our community, the sustainability of a vibrant, skilled
workforce is imperative. The next generation is inspired by this industry and
our work with the Untangled Minds
Foundation and the AMP
Program are examples of just that!
We are honored to be recognized as Maryland MEP’s
Manufacturer of the Month for the contributions to our community, clients, and
partners. In our 25+ years of business, our mission to inspire everyone we
touch through the creation of extraordinary glass architecture continues to
touch lives around the world!
To learn more about our product lines and services, talk with Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700!
Some think sustainability means you recycle, reduce energy,
and are more efficient in operations. But at Tanglewood, we define
sustainability differently. All of the efforts toward energy conservation and
recycling are necessary but…
What is the goal of
We believe to be sustainable means belonging to a vibrant,
thriving community that will be a sustainable, cultural environment for our
children and our children’s children.
What are we doing to
The Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP) Program created through our 501c3 Untangled Minds seeks to help students acquire the skills and perspective every business owner wants to see in their employees. Bundled into a three semester course, the AMP program’s primary focus is to develop students who (1) Take ownership and initiative, (2) Seek to understand what owners and managers of a company are passionate about, and (3) See and do what is required without having to be asked or told.
Does that sound like an employee you would like to hire?
It is these skills wrapped around the technical skill
component along with the strong partnership of community members, community
businesses, and education that advances student skills, perspective, and ways
After all, to establish a sustainable community, we first
must develop a sustainable workforce for our growing business partners.
For more information about the AMP program and to become a
partner, visit untangledminds.org or contact Nicole Mihalos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments Off on The Beauty of Stained Glass in a Conservatory
Would you love stained glass in your conservatory?
Many conservatory owners love the fascinating interplay of
light and color both in the designs of the stained glass panels as well as the
colored accents it throws across the room.
Tanglewood’s bespoke stained glass can be designed in
virtually any form and color. From subtly colored accent to bold primary
statement, the design is as personal as your conservatory… and your life.
The owners of each of these designs worked together with the Tanglewood design team to create their personal palette.
“…the stained glass panels that Tanglewood created for our
conservatory definitely make the room our absolute favorite. They were able to
personalize the design so it perfectly reflects our unique style.” Tanglewood
The use of stained glass in historical conservatories was relatively rare however. The conservatories of the past were designed to conserve and display plant life. In a departure from tradition, the iconic Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco incorporates a row of colored panels around the base of its dome, an effect that accentuates the building in the same manner as a typical cornice.
The effect is stunning.
For more information about incorporating stained glass into your conservatory, contact our team at 410.479.4700.
Comments Off on On the Boards | A Palm House for All Seasons
How do we work with you to design the room of your dreams?
When clients recently approached Tanglewood with a request for a beautiful “old-world” style Palm House, we quickly entered what we call our Project Definition Process.
The PDP is a structured process developed to facilitate a three step approach to project design:
Step 1: Examination. By listening carefully to your answers to a series of probing questions, we discover the important factors for a successful project. Each client and each project is unique. Pencil cannot meet paper until we thoroughly understand the client or architect’s vision.
In this case, the Palm House was to be an elegant creation from another time – the 19th Century, and feature the refined exuberance of steel details in celebration of the structure.
Step 2: Solutions. At Tanglewood, we are well known for our ability to produce creative, original designs that respond to what we learn from our clients through the Examination process. Our clients often feel “they designed the room” themselves! And, the design must be within the specified budget.
In this case, of three possible design directions we presented, the decision was immediate and unanimous. Often, we know we “got it right” when the entire team is unanimous in their opinion.
Step 3: Implementation. True craftsmanship lies in the details! A beautiful concept must be functional and build-able. The details must be right…exactly right. Our team must perform perfectly and work together with others on your team in order for the entire process to be successful.
Follow this project throughout the Tanglewood process for a unique inside look at the creation of a beautiful “old-world” Palm House and when you are ready to design your perfect getaway retreat, give us a call at 410.479.4700 or online.
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Have you heard AMP in the news?
To celebrate those in the manufacturing industry advocating for its growth in Maryland, each year the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) recognizes several companies across the state of Maryland doing amazing things in the manufacturing industry in areas such as STEM Student Achievement and Recruitment, Innovation, and Community Engagements.
A blend of training in modern manufacturing process-driven thinking and the Life Success Skills that employer’s need, the AMP program relies on industry partner companies to deliver a multi-disciplinary approach to project based learning that brings real-world experience into the classroom.
On Thursday night at Martin’s West, RMI’s 2018 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Awards ceremony drew over 600 stakeholders from around the State. The evening awards program touched on the themes of togetherness and family as we celebrated a variety of different leaders from young students to business executives.
Champions received their awards and also saw their Champions features in the newly published 2018 Champions Yearbook. Many Champion companies brought their respective teams of employees to the event to share the celebration. It was obvious that all had a very good time.
There were many poignant moments, from the embracement of the attending employees from GM Baltimore Operations to Suzy Ganz and Mike Galiazzo’s tribute to Aris Melissaratos as the 2018 Grand Champions of Maryland Manufacturing. Aris received a beautiful glass- blown bowl, see below, created with Maryland colors infused throughout, from Baltimore’s Magma Build Studios.
Are you thinking… a “glass house”… in the desert? Wouldn’t it be much too hot or too cold? Seems like it would be impossible.
But watch this video about a house built in Spain in the Gorafe desert. Though set amid spectacular views of mountains and desert landscape, a building in this remote and inhospitable location would have been unthinkable without specialized glass.
Architect Spela Videcnik of OFIA Architecture says: “The goal of this project was to show that with the right glass, great indoor spaces can be created anywhere”. “Designed with the help of experts in glazing technology, this project in the Spanish desert was planned so that the house would not need any heating or air conditioning. Just open the windows!”
Technical Manager, Guardian Glass, Tamas Kovacs says, “just imagine being out here and spending a night under the starry sky. Basically being in a glass house is not much different from sleeping right under the stars”.
If a conservatory, greenhouse, orangery or custom skylight is in your dreams, talk with our team at 410.479.4700 or share your vision HERE.
The winter garden conservatory at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo was designed by Gustave Eiffel, best known for the world famous Eiffel Tower built in 1889 in Paris. It features steel and beautiful stained glass.
Leave your wintry blues outside and step into a lush temperate forest inside the newly renovated Temperate House. Fall in love, relax in the warmth or just admire this sunning architectural achievement.