The Amazonian Spheres


Most people have ordered from Amazon plenty of times throughout the year, and most people are also quite familiar with the company and its founder, Jeff Bezos.

Most people have mixed reactions when they hear his name, but despite the news surrounding him, he has funded an amazing project located right here in downtown Seattle.
Made for the workers at Amazon, the Amazonian Spheres are quite a sight when contrasted with the drab, towering, skyscrapers that makeup Seattle.  Located a little ways away from Pike Place Market, on 2111 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 the spheres stand out with the odd structural design and the glimpses of bright foliage from within.
With more than 1,000 different species of tropical plants from around the world and plants from over 50 countries. There is over 40,000 plants total, the spheres are quite a sight to walk into from rainy Seattle. The humid environment is home to a 60 ft tall living wall and a 55 ft tree that was lifted in from the top of the spheres. It has been nicknamed “Rubi” and is the tallest tree there.
To complete the living wall, Amazon hired a horticulturist who constructed the panels carefully. His name is Ron Gagliardo and as he stated, “I have the best job in the company.” They were then lifted up and carefully attached to the side of the spheres, covering the whole 4 stories of wall.
The spheres host a mini waterfall, interactive walks through a forest of plants, and a workplace for Amazon workers. Throughout the spheres are pools of live fish, cocoa trees, and tropical plants from every corner of the world. Labeled carefully, you can read about the plant’s origins and details about them. Guides walk around and can answer your every question, and it boasts many carnivorous plants flown in from Asia. It has Monsteras from South America, Venus Fly Traps from Asia, and a cacti garden from Africa.
It is often compared to the Space Needle, as it incorporates the modern architecture of the 21st century as well as a mix of nature that many people might never experience. While you cannot get in, unless you work for Amazon, you can get free tickets from the Maple Valley Library. You have a 1-hour time limit, which gives you plenty of time to explore the gardens.
Despite all the incredible species of plants, the spheres hold a corpse flower from Indonesia, named Morticia. It takes about 7 years for it to bloom, and once it does it only lasts for 48 hours. It can grow up to 9 ft tall and it is the largest unbranched flower.
A live stream was set up and thousands of plant enthusiasts watched carefully from all over the world as Morticia bloomed. Despite its beauty, it is known to smell like rotting meat, so people are careful to breathe when visiting, and to make it worse the flower heats up to carry the smell even further.Thousands of people visit every year, in order to witness the kind of beauty most people can only dream about seeing.