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Large indoor howea forsteriana specimens


PsyPalm

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Hey guys!  I live in Seattle and today I walked through the WA State Convention Center downtown for the first time since covid hit and noticed they completely overhauled the indoor plantscaping and botanical design, a large part of it being the addition of a series of absolutely stunning howea forsteriana specimens.  The largest was about 25 ft tall and solidly trunking which was a delight to examine as this is by far the biggest I have ever seen in real life.  Just wanted to share some photos on here, I know I'm always looking for examples of larger/more mature howea specimens indoors so I thought some of you might find it fascinating :D

 

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On 11/15/2021 at 8:11 PM, PsyPalm said:

The largest was about 25 ft tall and solidly trunking which was a delight to examine as this is by far the biggest I have ever seen in real life.  Just wanted to share some photos on here, I know I'm always looking for examples of larger/more mature howea specimens indoors so I thought some of you might find it fascinating :D

PsyPalm, great interior landscaping there-WA State definitely did not cheap-out on quality plantings.  I wish all interior landscaping used large kentias, they really take things to the next level in quality exotic plantings.  For those of us outside the tropics,  It’s like having the look of coconut palms without the hassle and difficultly of growing large coconut palms in an interior environment.

I took these pics several years ago at a restaurant that opened into an enormous light-filled courtyard.  photos below are 3 large kentias in an interior mall/office skyscraper space with soaring interior courtyard skylights.  It was in a very swank Washington, DC location, a little dated now but got the idea that money was no object in designing these spaces decades ago.

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I was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania this week and saw these beautiful Howea forsterianas in the conservatory display houses.  Some of the largest multi- planted I’ve ever seen indoors.  In that elegant setting with the orangery -type palladium windows they gave this gilded age luxe vibe.

just gorgeous—-this is why you grow forsterianas indoors.

 

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46 minutes ago, teddytn said:

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Fantastic price on this Howea! Where is this located?

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1 hour ago, piping plovers said:

Fantastic price on this Howea! Where is this located?

At Hewitts garden center Franklin, TN. They had quite a few for sale, that was the nicest.

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This is my forsteriana. Two years ago it outgrew my kitchen and it now "lives" in a shop where I am watering it twice a week.

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There are a few at an old hotel in new jersey that have to be 60+ feet tall, I need to find a photo...

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