Winter Gardening Throughout the Ages

Winter gardening, and the practice of utilizing solar heat, was a common practice in botanical gardens hundreds of years ago.



From John Perlin, "Let It Shine" illustrates that humanity has been utilizing solar energy for thousands of years, from winter gardening and indoor horticulture to creating portable hot-boxes.
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To aid in winter gardening, canvas curtains were used for nightime insulation in this eighteenth-century Dutch Greenhouse. The Dutch also used double-paned glass to help control heat loss.
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Greenhouse on the roof of a London apartment building.
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Architect Humphry Repton argued that a dull interior could be transformed into a vibrant home by adding an attached conservatory.
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The solar-heated air of another attached conservatory added to the enjoyment of playing billiards.
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