Are You Passionate About Helping Kids Achieve?

Posted April 6th, 2016 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Events, Preservation Maryland, Uncategorized, Untangled Minds Foundation
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Did you know students can have a rewarding job without a college degree?

Did you know advanced manufacturing companies across the United States are looking for passionate, skilled craftspeople to carry on traditional trades work? Unfortunately, many students lack the resources and training needed to successfully master a trade, creating a skills gap in the American workforce.

Bringing Students & Businesses Together

“After our field trip to Tanglewood and working with your craftsman, my students have not stopped talking about how they cannot wait to go back to Tanglewood and learn more about the trade!”

– Teacher at the Caroline County & Technology Center

Real-life experience, lifelong friendships, networking opportunities and endless fun learning the tricks of the trade from some of the industry leaders here on the Eastern Shore – this is what Tanglewood Conservatories aims to bring to students.

How are we going to accomplish this?

Tanglewood Conservatories has partnered with Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Economic Development to create the Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology program (AMP), a high-level program dedicated to INSPIRING and EMPOWERING high school students seeking a future in advanced manufacturing.

Get an inside look at our program HERE!

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Did You Know?

  • U.S. manufacturers are responsible for 47% of total U.S. exports.
  • In 2014, the average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned $79,553 annually, including pay and benefits.
  • More than HALF A MILLION skilled manufacturing jobs remain unfilled due to the labor skills gap in the U.S.
  • Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap.
  • “84 percent of manufacturing executives agree there is a talent shortage in US manufacturing…” according to Craig Giffi, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP, and US automotive sector leader.

Click the links to read more from our references.

Changing the World

The program will launch in the fall of 2016! READ BELOW to see our contributors!

  1. Caroline County Economic Development Corporation
  2. Tanglewood Conservatories
  3. Combined Technology Solutions
  4. Caroline County Chamber of Commerce
  5. Maryland State Department of Education
  6. Caroline County Public Schools
  7. Hinkley Yachts
  8. Knaggs Guitars

Experience the Seeds of Creativity at the Enid Haupt Conservatory!

Posted December 9th, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Conservatory Projects, Events
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Have YOU experienced the SEEDS of CREATIVITY?

At the heart of the NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN rests a holiday experience you DON’T want to MISS! Stretched across 250 acres, YOUR FAMILY can take special tours, see musical performances, and participate in family activities; but the MAIN ATTRACTION lives at the ENID HAUPT CONSERVATORY.

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The New York Botanical Garden’s 24th Annual HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW is New York City’s favorite family tradition! With over half a mile of MODEL TRAINS rushing through the miniature streets, see the gardens come to life with over 150 recreated landmarks created from 100% ORGANIC, ORNATE MATERIALS!

NOTICE every DETAIL in the miniature ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL formed from bark to seed pods and bamboo to eucalyptus leaves, and more! Other great landmarks included are the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller

 

Statue of Liberty  Original Yankee Stadium

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Who are the minds BEHIND these beautiful miniatures?

WORLD FAMOUS landscape architect PAUL BUSSE and his team are the minds and talent behind these magical miniature plant cities! Paul’s journey began with a LOVE of trains and gardens. PASSIONATE about creating OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES, PAUL’S VISION for the train show was to make it WHIMSICAL and MAGICAL.

“I had no idea [it would become so big]… But that was always my bottom line, a company that builds happiness. We’re really selling lots of smiles.” – Paul Bussee

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The Holiday Train Show is known as one of the TOP 5 BEST EVENTS for families to visit in New York City during the holidays! The show is a great way to celebrate the holiday season for both the YOUNG and the YOUNG AT HEART!

Below are other locations this magnificent train show has been displayed!

Chicago Botanic Garden       Morris Arboretum        Eiteljorg Museum       Fernwood Botanic Garden

State Fair of Texas              U.S. Botanic Garden     Krohn Conservatory    Royal Botanic Gardens

Reiman Gardens                  Franklin Park Conservatory

Halloween & Dia de los Muertos are a Great Time for Decorating the Conservatory

Posted October 28th, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Dea Digs, Events, Gardening, Greenhouses
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ART and DESIGN are ways of creatively CELEBRATING LIFE—AND DEATH! As the outdoor growing season dies, humans have celebrated this time since long ago as a symbol for the passing of life and the chance to honor the spirits. All cultures have some kind of similar celebration, and the ARTISTIC EXPRESSION that comes from it is not only ASTOUNDINGLY DIVERSE, but fascinatingly attractive; albeit often macabre. Sometimes, that macabre is an integral part of the celebration. After all, HALLOWEEN was a night when those spirits walked and it was imperative to scare them away!

 

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In the BRITISH ISLES, long before anyone there grew pumpkins (an American native), turnips and mangelwurzel (field beets) were carved into lanterns with GHOULISH FACES. These were OUTFITTED WITH A CANDLE and hung on poles to be carried, or at gates, windows, and doors. Any spirit, malevolent or not, would think twice about harassing the carver. That tradition was carried to the Americas, where ‘THE GREAT PUMPKIN’ was born. Today, even in the U.K., pumpkins, squash, or gourds make a far more cooperative and satisfying JACK’O’LANTERN.

 

Where’s the DECORATION?

The ease and simplicity of adding these members of the Cucurbit family, carved or not, to YOUR CONSERVATORY OR GREENHOUSE for SEASONAL DECORATION is unrivaled. There are so many species and cultivars that you’ll grow dizzy from choice. They range from the MINI to the MASSIVE, from WHITE to nearly BLACK, and from PERFECTLY GEOMETRICAL to GNARLY. Carved out, they can even be used as ‘COSTUMESFOR YOUR PLANT POTS (just add a bag if it’s a snug fit so your pot doesn’t get slimy)! A bonus of placing them just prior to Halloween is that they can remain through Thanksgiving. Perhaps removing the carved ones so as not to scare Thanksgiving guests away. REMEMBER to add the ones you don’t turn into pie to the compost pile.

 

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Looking for FUN?

There are other plants that can create a FUN and MACABRE EFFECT. One is the BEAUTIFUL and FRIGHTENING-LOOKING Solanum quitoense, a.k.a. Naranjilla. Spineless varieties of this are grown as a fruit crop, but I’m talking about the original species with its LARGE, SERRATED, SP]INY, PURPLE-HAIRED leaves. Don’t let those spines scare you—just your guests. This is a very easy plant to grow and does well in a pot. I have grown it a number of times and if you’re mindful, it won’t bite! In fact, you MAY FALL IN LOVE WITH IT. Its relative, the PORCUPINE TOMATO, a.k.a. Solanum pyracanthum, is an option, but while it’s even scarier, it’s not quite as pretty. Another FUN FACT is that these are part of the nightshade family—which we know witches have been using for centuries to weave their spells.

There is even a perfect ‘GOTHPLANT. It’s a sage species known as Salvia discolor and has everything you could want in FASHION REBEL. It’s got the closest you’ll find to BLACK FLOWERS, which should conveniently be blooming for Halloween, and a pale, silver-green foliage. If the KIDS touch it, they’ll ‘OOH’ and ‘ICK’ because of its sticky stems. It makes a WONDERFUL GREENHOUSE PLANT and tends to bloom more or less all year if kept warm. Even its scent is bizarrely attractive.

 

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MY FAVORITE plant for Halloween decorating is the BAT-LEAVED PASSION VINE. Passiflora coriacea (recently changed to sexocellata), especially a cultivar called Passiflora x ‘Manta’. This is a loveable, excellent greenhouse denizen that you can easily manipulate like a string of lights or garland. It gives you that PERFECT FLUTTERING BAT LOOK. You can set it up in a place of honor to impress your costumed guests, then put it back in its preferred spot when the festivities are over.

 

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If you’re looking to create an atmosphere using DRIED PLANTS, one of the best is the SNAPDRAGON STEM LADEN with its skull-shaped seedpods. Mixing in red-hued grasses, orange Chinese lanterns and blackish Purple Majesty millet will give you a WONDERFULLY ATTRACTIVE, MYSTERIOUS VIBE that can also be left for the Thanksgiving decorations. Leaving off the lights and using candles (real or faux) on Halloween night will delight all.

Finally, ADD IN THE DARK METAL. Not necessarily the rock music kind, but iron, bronze, or copper (oxidized copper looks great). TUBS and CAULDRONS make great ‘PLANT POT COSTUMES’, old twisted gates are great for the vines, and sundry candleholders create ambiance.

Whether as extra room for a Halloween party or a haunted conservatory for your trick-or-treaters, your greenhouse will look phantabulous.

Happy All Hallows Eve!

By Dea Schofield

Dale Chihuly: What passion do WE share?

Posted October 16th, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Dynamic Glass, Events, General, The Arts
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What passion do WE share with Dale Chihuly?

I’ve often been asked ‘What would I like to do that I haven’t already done?’ and the first thing that comes to mind is that I’d like to build a conservatory or glasshouse and design everything that goes inside it.”

-Dale Chihuly

Who is Dale Chihuly?

World famous for his exclusive style in glass sculpture, Chihuly is well known for his exceptional works of cylinders, baskets, towers, Persians, and several others that captivate his audience. From childhood, he was always fascinated with the natural world. He admires the Great Conservatories of the 19th century, as do we, and EXPANDS HIS BOUNDARIES across multiple historic cultures in glass blowing. His favorite works are from the minds of the premier conservatory designers of the 19th century, Lord & Burnham. Once Chihuly discovered the glass in these historic conservatories were ENTIRELY hand blown, he was hooked. Although this passion began as a child, it was not until 2001 that he EMBRACED HIS PASSION and brought his dream to life!

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The Journey Begins

In early 2001, Chihuly’s Garden Cycle arose. During this cycle, he began SHOWCASING his work at numerous historic conservatories and gardens throughout the world. Places such as the Garfield Park Conservatory, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens, near London gathered thousands to line up to see what new works had evolved from Chihuly’s new exhibit. But in 2012, Chihuly brought something to the world NO ONE expected.

“What would I like to do that I haven’t done already?”

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In 2012, the birth of Chihuly Garden and Glass arose in Seattle, Washington and living at the center of this exhibition stands a 40-foot tall glass and steel glasshouse! Created from the minds of Dale Chihuly and architects OWEN RICHARDS, and RYAN SMITH, this glasshouse is a symbol of Chihuly’s lifelong appreciation for conservatories. Inside, beautiful blown glass pieces with RIBBED MOLDS dangle over your head as you walk through the exhibit.

Mark Your Calendar!

We are BIG FANS of Chihuly’s work and are proud to SHARE such a strong PASSION. Today, his work has been presented in more than 240 museums and internationally included in more than 200 museum collections. The Bellagio in Las Vegas will be hosting a BOOK SIGNING November 28th to meet Dale Chihuly. DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE to meet this outstanding artist!

The Other Side of Frida Kahlo

Posted October 7th, 2015 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Events, The Arts, Uncategorized
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What do CONSERVATORIES and FRIDA KAHLO have in common?

We’ll give you a hint.

Known for her self-portraits, realistic style, and signature thick eyebrows, Kahlo was viewed by thousands as an ICON of female creativity. But, there was another side to her that was often overlooked.

What was it?

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Her NATURAL INSPIRATION!

Elements in several of her works express traditional Hispanic culture with a strong realistic and surrealistic style, but what we often don’t recognize is the other side to Kahlo’s inspiration – the NATURAL WORLD. Kahlo many times sought refuge in her garden, including imagery of foliage, flowers and animals from her garden to stress the close links between animals, humans and the natural land in her work. Her complex use of BOTANICAL IMAGERY celebrates the BEAUTY in plant life and ties to her cultural heritage.

Where’s the connection?

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Historically, greenhouses and conservatories were ONE IN THE SAME. During the 19th century, the first conservatories were formerly built to grow plants! They were referred to as “orangeries” due to housing exotic citrus trees in the off-season, but along the way, they began to evolve. Advancing to the 1970’s, conservatories started to become better insulated and serve more as a living space for humans and less for plants.

Just as Frida admired the beauty and value of nature so much that she incorporated its elements in her paintings, we bring out the beauty and value of nature through designing and manufacturing conservatories.

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In honor of Kahlo’s beautiful botanical works, the New York Botanical Garden’s Enid Haupt Conservatory is hosting a SIX-MONTH engaging CELEBRATION of Kahlo’s passion for the Natural World! JOIN US and learn about her love, life and artwork through interactive events, music, lectures and more!

Tanglewood Lectures at Rawlings Conservatory

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Bonnie Hall and filed in Events, Greenhouses, Insights, Travels
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A lecture on historic conservatories in an historic conservatory – much like peanut butter and chocolate – the perfect combination and very soul-satisfying.  Alan Stein, founder of Tanglewood Conservatories presented an intriguing look back at the great conservatories of the 19th century and the enduring impact they have had on history, architecture and humanity.

Alan stated at the end of the lecture, ‘In looking back at the designers and builders of the great conservatories of the 19th century; at the amazing buildings they produced and the impact they had on culture, society and industry of the time, we can’t help but be inspired by their passion, ingenuity and creativity.  Few legacies from the past have so much relevance for today’.

 

Looking Back Shows Us the Future

From the first crude orangeries in the mid-to-late 1600’s that had to be assembled each winter and taken down for spring to the nearly transparent glass houses such as Rawlings, to the modern minimalist movement, conservatories have experienced a marvelous evolution while still inspiring current construction of classic Victorian structures.

Depiction of Orangery from 1600's
Depiction of Orangery from 1600’s

Transparent feel of Rawlings Conservatory

Transparent feel of Rawlings Conservatory

Modern minimalist designed by Philip Johnson

Modern minimalist designed by Philip Johnson

 

Abundant Benefits

Nature is sometimes difficult to access in large sprawling cities such as Baltimore with blocks and blocks of row houses and office buildings.   Rawlings provides a quiet sanctuary, an oasis in which to connect with the outdoors and discover nature not just of our local region but virtually anywhere.  Public conservatories provide a venue so that we can learn about the natural world – both familiar and strange – local and exotic – and even more exciting, they allow all of us to become explorers just as Bomplad, Poeppig and Schomburgh, who searched the banks of the Amazon in their quest to bring back the giant Amazonian water lily for Queen Victoria in the 1800’s.

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Bananas, coffee beans and papayas all grow at Rawlings Conservatory

 

Kate Blom, Rawlings Conservatory Supervisor states, ‘Kids go through the rainforest house and see bananas on real trees! – and they get it… where bananas come from instead of the supermarket shelf.’  It is at this point that you can have conversations with them about being stewards of our planet and of the environment.

Many may wonder why the conservatories and their preservation so important?  Once again, Kate’s insight is spot on –  ‘You can’t tell the story without the tactile experience of touching the bananas, the papayas and the coffee beans growing right there on the bushes!… and you can’t do that without a conservatory!’

Botanic gardens host a variety of beneficial programs – from lecture series on great conservatories, cultivating unusual plant species to exposing inner city children to the basics of gardening along with an emphasis on the arts such as sketching and photography classes.  Even the most amateur photographers armed with only a camera phone can take some pretty spectacular photos of the lush environment.  The photos below were snapped by Tanglewood team members prior to setting up for the lecture.

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The conservatory and its impact on us has withstood the test of time.  No matter the venue – private or public – historic or modern – the unique ability to allow us to connect with the outdoors while completely indoors, all while bestowing the magical luminescence of natural light throughout a glass-ensconced room.   The benefits are undeniable and their preservation for future generations must be a priority.  Alan’s remark in the lecture bears repeating lest we forget – ‘Few legacies from the past have provided as much value and relevance for today as have these eloquent glass houses.  The architects and builders from the 19th century have inspired us with their passion, ingenuity and creativity.’  It is up to all of us now to ensure we pass that same wonderment on to our children and their children.

 

Happy 4th of July

Posted July 2nd, 2014 by Alan Stein and filed in Events
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Happy 4th of July
from Tanglewood Conservatories!

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Wouldn’t it be great to spend some time this long holiday weekend touring conservatories?  Perhaps even uncovering some inspiration for your future conservatory!  Below is a listing of some public conservatories around the U.S.:

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Enjoy your visits and Happy Birthday America!
Many thanks to all the military – past, present and future! 

 

Rawlings Conservatory Summer Solstice Celebration 2014

Posted June 16th, 2014 by Alan Stein and filed in Events
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Join our friends at the Rawlings Conservatory for a Summer Solstice Concert on June 20th, 2014. The event will take place from 6pm-8pm. On June 21st there will be a Summer Solstice Celebration around the lake from 9 until midnight. Here are more details (click image to go to the Rawlings Conservatory site)

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The Charm City Bronze Hand Bells Ring Out in the Rawlings Conservatory

Posted May 20th, 2014 by Alan Stein and filed in Events
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It was named the “Impossible Concert”. The Charm City (nickname for Baltimore by the way) Bronze Handbell Ensemble played in the Palm House at the Rawlings Conservatory last night to an … empty house!

The Ensemble chooses locations for its performances that have unique acoustical qualities. Conservatories, which are geometrically perfect volumes and have lots of sound reflecting surfaces as well as sound absorbing plants, turn out to be among the best! But wait- there was no room for the audience once the bells, orchestra, recording equipment and all moved in. Hence, this was truly an “Impossible Concert” – to be seen and heard only online. As for the sound- it was as expected truly magical. We sat in the adjacent Orchid House and listened to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”, Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and other classics played with bronze handbells, flute and violin.

Many owners of Tanglewood Conservatories report that their rooms are ideal settings for music. Whether a recital, small concert or just listening to their favorite strains. We have attended string quartets, piano and organ concerts in beautiful conservatories and there is always a magical quality to the sound.

Listen to the “Impossible Concert” and when the occasion arises, check our website news page for locations where public performances in any of the many conservatories are to be held.