- Built in 1967
- Desired temperature: 8 - 11ºC
- Relative humidity: 50%
The grove of tree ferns around the cascading stream in the centre of the house echoes the montane cloud forests of temperate Australasia. These tall-growing species, which can reach up to 20 metres, provide shelter for other delicate species and understorey ferns that demand protection from high light levels.
You will also find a giant horsetail (Equisetum myriochaetum) here - it's as invasive as the garden weed and is contained within a concrete planter. Opposite this, there is a section of the petrified tree found at Craigleith Quarry (now a retail park). The main stem of the Craigleith Tree (Pitys withamii) can be seen in the Fossil Courtyard.
Following the ancient theme of this house is the drift wood, sculpted by nature and over a 1,000 years old and the lump of coal showing what a few million years of heat and compression can do to plant material in the production of fossil fuels.