South Bend Conservatory

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The Potawatomi Conservatories include three connected indoor botanical conservatories: The Ella Morris Conservatory; the Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatory, and the Muessel-Ellison Desert Dome. The conservatories are a collection of conservatories and indoor botanical gardens located in Potawatomi Park at 2105 Mishawaka Avenue South Bend, Indiana, in the United States. 41°39′58″N 86°13′01″W / 41.666°N 86.217°W / 41.666; -86.217.

The conservatory was established in the 1920s when the Potawatomi Greenhouses were built to supply flowers to city parks. In 1963 and 1967, the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical conservatories were added, providing a tropical area. The “Arizona Desert Dome” was completed in 1973.

The city of South Bend nearly closed the conservatory in late 2006 due to high operating cost. However, the conservatory and greenhouse remain open due to the hard work of the Botanical Society of South Bend, South Bend City Council members, and community members. Since then a partnership has been created with The University of Notre Dame. Dr. Paul Brenner, from Notre Dame introduced cutting edge, green technology. The Green Cloud Proto-type experiment is currently saving the city thousands of dollars in heating costs.

The city of South Bend is currently doing a 1.2 million dollar renovation to upgrade the facility and improve access and parking. The ribbon cutting ceremony was to be held on May 18, 2012.

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