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abandoned greenhouse

Monday, January 19, 2015

A little while back Jeff, Brandon, and I took a short trip outside the city to check out an abandoned greenhouse. We'd known about this place for a while but it didn't seem like anyone was in a rush to get there. We were barely inside before the three of us were completely in awe. The complex is absolutely massive. Some glass tiles from the ceiling had begun to fall but had been caught by the thick vines that covered so much of the place. There were huge stacks of terracotta planters in multiple spots throughout, and the sun was in the perfect spot in the sky for great pictures. This was definitely one of my favorite adventures in a while.
Ohio, Abandoned, Greenhouse
Before it closed, this was one of the biggest and best greenhouses in the area. Not 100% of the accuracy of what happened but one story goes that they got the idea they could bypass paying for expensive city water and just pump water straight from the lake to water their plants. They got everything all set up except one of the valves had been installed backwards. When they turned it on, lake water flooded homes nearby. They went bankrupt after that.

Other stories suggest it was an infestation of whiteflies or competition with tomato growers in Mexico that caused the greenhouse to go under. Whatever happened the plants didn't seem to get the memo. Even this late in they year the growth, although dead for the most part, was hard to navigate through. I can't even imagine how incredible this place looks in the summer when everything is alive!
I doubt I even have to mention the fact I am absolutely interested in going back to photograph this place as soon as spring comes around. Honestly, I'd love to see it in all the seasons! Don't be surprised if you see more photos of this place in a few months.
xoxo

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    1. Totally! Can't even imagine how magical it will be in the spring!

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  2. Beautiful! I love how those vines take on the shape of the roof as the structure itself is starting to collapse. Would love to see your springtime pictures!

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    1. Isn't it incredible!? I can't imagine how thick with growth this place will be in the spring.

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  3. What beautiful photos! I'd love to check out a place like this!

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    1. Thanks! It definitely was an awesome find. There is actually a second greenhouse close to me as well. Hoping to check out that one soon too.

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  4. Do you ever take any souvenirs with you?

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    1. Yeah, every once in a while I find something I just can't leave behind.

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  5. Oh my goodness!! I can't wait to see what it looks like in the spring and summer! How do you find all of these abandoned places? I would love to find some in my area.

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    1. Just researching the area and keeping my eyes peeled. There are abandoned places everywhere!

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  6. These look amazing! There's a greenhouse near me that I try and visit every now and then. I've had it featured in two of my blog posts so far. I need to go back when eveything is blooming!

    http://galaxiesandstardust.blogspot.com/2013/02/urban-exploration.html?m=1
    http://galaxiesandstardust.blogspot.com/2014/10/mollie.html?m=1

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  7. It reminds me of the Secret Garden! Beautiful photos!

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  8. Wow, this place looks amazing! I imagine you'll be right about it being incredible later in the year.

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    1. I seriously can't wait to go back and shoot more photos!!

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  9. HOLY CABOOSES!!! This is soon beautiful. I would LOVE to see pics for each of the four seasons!

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    1. Well, hopefully I'll be able to do that. I DEFINITELY want to!

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  10. this is amazing! and taking photos every season is such a great idea:-) xx

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I can't wait to share more photos!

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  11. Sweet find! I'd be interested in seeing what it looks like in the spring too.

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  12. Wow, what an amazing place! Thank you so much for these pictures, I can't wait to see how it will look in bloom.

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  13. Oh my god! This is my favourite out of all your abandoned places posts! There's something so enchanting about it.

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    1. Right?! I imagine this place is going to look just out of this world in the spring!

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  14. Such beautiful photos, I love that the trees have just taken over. So cool <3

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    1. Isn't that neat? There's actually a few trees growing right out the side of the place too.

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  15. I would lovvvvvvvvvve to see it in all seasons, so I hope you end up doing that! Beautiful.

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  16. have you ever thought about a squat house in some of the abandoned places that you go?

    this geenhouse looks like a dream for me <3

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  17. I can't wait for spring photos of this place; it's so exciting!! can you tell i'm a plant geek? ha

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    1. Haha! Same here. I'm really excited to see what's still growing.

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  18. You find the best abandoned things.. All I found was like a big emptied building, set up for work/office squatting. There was a huge leakage in that building, causing the 3rd floor and down to smell badly, after a few years the smell was less, and they started renting it out to small businesses. My boyfriend works there now, so, as adventurous as I am, I started to snoop around hehe, going to the 4th floor, and a little staircase house to be on the top, which was scary as hell. The fourth floor looks like it hasn't been touched since the 70's. Everything was wrapped in a beautiful green carpet, all I was missing was wifi there, otherwise I would've made it my little getaway xD

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    1. Heh! I love finding little time capsules like that. I'm a sucker for ugly carpet.

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  19. This place looks amazing, I'd definitely want to see more seasons! :)

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  20. I really like your abandoned building pics and would love to explore one myself, but something like that is hard to find in Germany. I don't know why, maybe the land is too small to just let an old building stand there without purpose or the regulations of the areas forbid it. Whatever the cause - I am full of envy ;)

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  21. Woooah what a find! I wonder how colourful it gets in spring!

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  22. This is TOTALLY magical. You find all these abandoned places in Cleveland? Amaizing, I'm tempted to visit.

    Your blog keeps me sane these days! Thanks for keeping it real!

    Erika

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    1. Erika, there are abandoned places EVERYWHERE! ;)

      Aw!!! Thank you so much for reading!

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  23. You could even make a month pic to see how it would evolve :) And there are so many pot vases, good to cactus :x

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  24. Lovely photos, as always! :) Where is this place?

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  25. These are amazing. I love all your abandoned/exploration themed photos, but these are by far my favorite. The location reminds me almost too much of a fictional haunted greenhouse of the book "Marina", by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

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  26. Kaylah these are gorgeous. I adore all your photos, but it's incredible to see how your photos have evolved over the years. Keep up the adventuring beautiful lady.

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  27. I just can't stop looking at your 'abandoned' blogposts! And I cannot stop pinning them ;). They are amazing. I wish I could go to some abandoned places, but there barely are in The Netherlands. Maybe I should do some research, because it must be so cool to visit it. I love these pictures especially because of the sun shining in. Wow!
    xoxo

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