What Remains of Greenhouses Used for Growing Marijuana

Laura Barisonzi

New York-based photographer Laura Barisonzi‘s recent project explores an abandoned greenhouse complex in Santa Barbara County that sits on a patch of isolated private property that meets the Pacific Ocean. It was originally the greenhouse site for an orchid company that was responsible for introducing orchids as houseplants in the US in the 1940s.

The complex was recently discovered by the federal government to be the site of a major marijuana growing operation that was estimated to have a street value of 35-80 million dollars. The growers are now in prison, and the greenhouses sit quietly abandoned on the private property. Barisonzi captures the remnants of these intricate, light-soaked spaces that consequently housed more than one kind of greenery in their day.

Laura Barisonzi

Laura Barisonzi

Laura Barisonzi


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  • Mark Kalan

    Such a sad waste – reminds me of when Matthew Brady went bankrupt and thousands of glass plates from the civil war were sold off as scrap and used to build greenhouses.

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