This house preserves something of the atmosphere of a Victorian conservatory or Orangery. This early type of glasshouse was a popular feature of the houses of prosperous families in the last century. The central beds are planted with a wide range of citrus varieties.
This house also contains other Mediterranean shrubs such as a dwarf pomegranate, Punica granatum var nana; locust-bean, Ceratonia siliqua, the fruit of which fed John the Baptist in his sojourn in the desert and which has recently come to prominence as 'Carob' - a substitute for chocolate. Citrus trees all look much alike, so to add colour and variety there is a seasonal display of glasshouse ornamentals. Among the most admired are the many varieties of pelargoniums, and coleus, for the multicoloured foliage, but many others appear through the seasons, from bulbs in winter to chrysanthsemums in the autumn.