This dramatic greenhouse complements the Climatron, flanking the domed structure to the north. This spacious conservatory displays plants unique to the temperate regions of the world. Many of these regions are characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters. This greenhouse includes specimens from Africa, Australia, Japan, Korea, China, South America, the Mediterranean Sea basin, coastal California and the southeastern United States. The Temperate House has seven distinct interior gardens. Plants of the Bible can be found in one display, as can figs, grapes, pomegranates, laurel, and numerous herbs and spice plants. A special carnivorous plant area displays insect-eating flora. In addition, a historic stone portico overlooks a beautifully tiled Moorish walled garden that reflects major elements in the history of formal garden design. Peak season of interest is late winter/early spring.