Do you know what an orangery is?

Do you know what an organery is?  I didn’t…
Here is part of the highly factual and trusted Wikipedia’s definition:

An orangery was a building frequently found in the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries and given a classicising architectural form. The orangery was similar to a greenhouse or conservatory. The name reflects the original use of the building as a place where citrus trees[1] were often wintered in tubs under cover, surviving through harsh frosts though not expected to flower and fruit. The orangery provided a luxurious extension of the normal range and season of woody plants, extending the protection which had long been afforded by the warmth offered from a brick fruit wall.[2] A century after the use for Orange and lime trees had been established other varieties of tender plants, shrubs and exotic plants also came to be housed in the orangery, which often gained a stove for the upkeep of these delicate plants in the cold winters of northern Europe.

I asked myself this question a few weeks ago when Greet from www.belgianpearls.blogspot.com said she was redecorating her sister’s orangerie.  Here are the before pictures from Greet’s blog.  Looks like it needs to be redone, don’t you think???HA  There are no words for this chandelier!

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Here are the “after” pictures.  This is a table she found in the south of France.  I must say it’s magnificent.  And the new chairs are beautiful as well.

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So, so, so beautiful.  That’s all I can say…

Anyway, this inspired me to search for more orangeries.  I had heard of a conservatory and a greenhouse, but this was a new term for me.  This is what I found.  I hope you enjoy the beauty of these architectural masterpieces as much as I do!

Versailles

Orangeries Surrey by Lighthouse

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I hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I did!

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