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A conservatory can refer to different things depending on the context, but generally, it is associated with a room or building with glass walls and a glass roof, typically attached to a house and used for growing plants or as a sunroom. Here are a few common meanings of the term:

  • Botanical Conservatory: This type of conservatory is a building or room dedicated to the cultivation and display of plants, especially rare or exotic ones. Botanical conservatories often serve as educational and research facilities.

  • Residential Conservatory: In the context of a home, a conservatory is a room with glass walls and a glass roof, designed to allow maximum sunlight and provide a view of the surrounding garden or landscape. It's often used as a greenhouse or a sunroom, and sometimes as additional living space.


Glass conservatories and greenhouses are structures designed to facilitate the growth of plants by providing an environment with controlled temperature, humidity, and sunlight. While they share similarities, there are some distinctions between the two:

  1. Greenhouses:

    • Purpose: Greenhouses are primarily built for the cultivation of plants, including flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They create a controlled environment that extends the growing season and allows for the cultivation of plants that might not thrive in the local climate.
    • Construction: Greenhouses can have different structures, including those made of glass, polycarbonate, or other transparent materials. The choice of material depends on factors like insulation, cost, and durability.
    • Functionality: Greenhouses are often equipped with features such as ventilation systems, shading devices, and heating to regulate temperature and create optimal growing conditions.
  2. Glass Conservatories:

    • Purpose: Glass conservatories, on the other hand, are often more associated with residential or institutional buildings. They serve as rooms with glass walls and roofs, allowing occupants to enjoy a connection with the outdoors while being protected from the elements.
    • Construction: While greenhouses can be constructed with a focus on functionality, glass conservatories often prioritize aesthetics and comfort. They are designed as living spaces with an emphasis on natural light and views of the surroundings.
    • Use: Glass conservatories in homes are commonly used as sunrooms, dining areas, or additional living spaces. They provide a way to bring the outdoors inside while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment

Our greenhouse experts are available to help you design a luxurious, relaxing conservatory that will bring beauty to your home, garden, or commercial property. Call us today at 1-800-531-4769 to get started on your project.


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