POISED on the Welsh landscape 'like a giant raindrop', the spectacular dome at the National Botanic Garden is the largest single-span glasshouse
in the world.
Before joining GlassHouse
, Sharp has served as CEO at PowerSteering Software, Frictionless Commerce, and Context Integration.
When I ask people whether they have a glasshouse
to grow crops in, they often say no but then on further enquiry, may admit that they have a conservatory or orangery.
The restoration plan for this area is to bring it back into cultivation as an Edwardian period kitchen garden including areas for trials and botanical collections such as dahlias as well as the glasshouse
display collection of orchids and cacti.
Subtropical House: This is the largest of the glasshouses
, rising to eight metres at the peak - a height sufficient to accommodate sizeable trees, including palms, tree ferns, a Norfolk Island pine and a giant bird-of-paradise plant.
Garden writer and author Rae Spencer-Jones said the Lord Foster-designed single-span glasshouse
- which is the largest on the planet -was "a clear winner".
The exhibition in the Guildhall is on until the end of March after which Glasshouses
continues its tour to other venues in and around the borough.
The collection is not open to the public because the glasshouses
are not safe.
The new glasshouses
are set in the Botanical Gardens of Graz in the university quarter on the west side of the city.
Dewsbury-based company Hutchinson Demolition used large machinery to demolish the neglected glasshouses
and the toilet block, which is located near the park's paddling pool.
Bernard Cunane, manager of the Newport Road cinema, said: "We are really pleased to have become involved in this year's festival, and by exhibiting Glasshouses
we've found a wonderful way of not only raising our profile, but that of the artist too.
have played an important role in British culture even longer than there has been glass.