If you saw the video from Sunday’s Halloween post, these images will look familiar. This antique greenhouse has been in my family for quite some time, and was the beloved hobby of my grandfather Waldo Case Bigelow. Last time I was visiting, it was overgrown with an incredible amount of nature as the earth tried to again reclaim the property. Since then, some landscapers cut back most of the ivy growth so it was safer…although with the missing ceiling glass and inclement weather, it’s probably a pretty dangerous place. This was one of the last visits I’ll make to the greenhouse before it’s gone…and I enjoyed every minute.
For today’s post, a much beloved greenhouse located in West Hartford, CT is featured. This was Waldo Case Bigelow’s pride and joy (yes – I am honored to say that I have my grandfather to thank for my middle name).
You wouldn’t guess from how it looks in the photos, but this greenhouse was lovingly and painstakingly maintained by my grandfather when he was still alive. The beautiful glass ceiling (its glass panels have since fallen through the frame) would glisten in the sun, and the contents were very much alive and immaculately maintained – with the trademark orchid delivered to all of the neighborhood women on Easter each year.
Although the original plants are long gone and the overgrown weeds and greenery can’t detract from the wonderful memories that our family has of this haven.