Vintage landscape: Norrköping

Swedish cactus display, 1942, Swedish Heritage Board on flickrKaktusplanteringen (cactus planting) in Karl Johan Park in Norrköping, Sweden, 1942, a color slide by Fredrik Bruno, via Swedish National Heritage Board Commons on flickr.

Since 1926, there has been an annual cactus display in the park, with a different theme every year. In the photo above, the motif was the smaller version of Sweden’s national coat of arms.

The winter garden: cacti in Pittsburgh

The winter garden/enclos*ure: Cacti House at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh between 1900 and 1910, via Library of Congress.“Cacti, Phipps (Schenley Park) Conservatory, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa.,” ca 1900-1910, by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The Cacti House was added to the Phipps Conservatory in 1902. (The conservatory had been founded in 1893.)

Today the space is called the Desert Room.

There are two more winter gardens here and here.

Thousands of these gray-green
cacti cross the valley:
nature repeating itself. . .

Brenda Hillman, from “Saguaro