Bloedel Floral Conservatory Scheduled to Close March 1, 2010

Image from Friends of the Bloedel

If you’ve been following local Park Board news, you already know that the Bloedel Floral Conservatory is slated for closure March 1, 2010, due to lack of funds.

I’ve written before about how much I like the Bloedel Conservatory. Aside from its iconic triodetic-dome exterior—without which the top of Queen Elizabeth Park would seem utterly naked—visitors love this Vancouver attraction for the same reasons I do: it’s the city’s only “garden under glass,” home to 500 species of plants and flowers and to 100 exotic birds.

Exotic birds fly free inside the Bloedel Conservator. Image from Friends of the Bloedel

The Bloedel Conservatory is also a warm, cozy, tropical escape during rainy days and Vancouver’s dark winter months. (There’s a reason it’s always on everyone’s “Things to Do on Rainy Days” lists.)

Inside the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, from Friends of the Bloedel

As of today, the Bloedel Floral Conservatory is scheduled for closure March 1, 2010. For Bloedel lovers like me, the future is bleak, but there are a few rays of hope. NPA park board commissioner Ian Robertson is vowing to keep the Conservatory open, and the private, non-profit Friends of the Bloedel are collecting donations so that they can operate the facility themselves.

If you’re interested in working to save the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, you can learn more about community efforts here, donate to the Friends of the Bloedel here, or sign this online petition.

Just in case the closure does go through, make sure to see the Conservatory one last time. You won’t be alone: since the announcement of the imminent closure was made in November, attendance at the Conservatory has tripled.

Have memories of the Bloedel Floral Conservatory you’d like to share? Please do!

UPDATED 27/01/10: The Bloedel Floral Conservatory will remain open until April 30, 2010.

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