Glass and Greenhouses

Glass and GreenhousesYou’ve probably all heard of the term, “don’t throw bricks if you live in glass houses”. It’s a wise saying – we’re partial, because we’re pretty precious about the glass that goes into the homes that we support, but it also has a strong meaning. Metaphorically, it means that you shouldn’t go after someone in an aggressive way if you’re someone who has been an offender of the same task. But that begs the question, who is living in glass houses?

Two words (and a few) – those with “green thumbs”. Greenhouses are the perfect place to leverage glass, especially if you’re working with the Valley Windows team. We’re all about creating the best views through our windows and doors, but we (and our customers) forget the abundance of benefits on the inside of a home as well! Greenhouses are the specific subject of today’s post and we know that glass plays a major role here. Read on for more information:

At the base level, greenhouses are built with glass, so that anything inside will soak up all of the nutrients that Mother Nature has to offer. If it’s sunny, the plants say hello to light radiation and by proxy, energy. They convert this energy as carbon dioxide into sugars. When this process is successful, they grow and thrive. As humans, we know that the sun gives us many different benefits, plants benefit in the same – if not better – ways. It’s actually a little bit of a selfless incentive because we as humans benefit from healthy plants, both in a visual way and nutritional way. All the more reason to create the best environment possible for them!

So, we know why they’re functional. But, we also know that greenhouses can be truly beautiful examples of architecture. We know, we know, you’re talking to the geeks that love glass more than many things in life, but that means that you’re in the best company possible. It’s just one of a bundle of reasons that you should work with the Valley Windows team because you know that we’re enthusiastic about the process of installing our premium windows and doors, from concept through execution and beyond.

In that spirit, let’s aim to get you as excited as we are. Here are some of our favourite glass greenhouses around the world:

The Barbican Conservatory: Per their Website, “Home to exotic fish and over 1,500 species of tropical plants and trees, a visit to our Conservatory is a perfect way to enjoy a lazy day out with friends and family.”

Conservatory of Flowers: As they share, “The Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. With construction having been completed in 1879, it is the oldest building in the park. It was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the United States and is the oldest remaining municipal wooden conservatory in the country.

Kew Royal Botanical Gardens: Worth the trek, they said it best: “Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. An internationally important botanical research and education institution, it employs 1,100 staff. Its board of trustees is chaired by Dame Amelia Fawcett.

When you’re done bringing your jaw off the ground, perusing this beauty, reach out! The Valley Windows team would love to hear from you.