Each winter we try to make at least one trip to our beloved conservatory that is just down the street a piece. It’s the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, formerly known as the Como Conservatory and it’s located in Como Park in St. Paul, MN. If you’d like to checkout my posts from the last two years’ visits, you can find them here and here.
This year’s visit was perfectly timed in that the temp was 12 when we left the house. It’s a bit windy today so the wind that blew in our faces as we ran to the entrance probably made it feel like 5. BRRRR!!! We felt much better in the warmth of the conservatory and then waited a few minutes for our glasses to defog.
As usual, we saw many beautiful flowers and plants. I also see something new each time I visit. For example, I had never seen the “hairy” bark of a palm tree before. There’s a photo of it in the mix below. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s visit with me while I show you what I saw.
We started in the sunken garden where it’s already spring.
a popular wedding spot
some kind of lily?
bleeding hearts – will be a few months before we see these in our garden
another beautiful lily
fox glove close-up
No visit is complete without seeing the fern room.
Then of course there are the lovely orchids that are found throughout the different rooms. They are so beautiful. Which is your favorite orchid?
an orchid in the conservatory at Como Park
We always enjoy the bonsai room:
And then a mish mosh of other photos:
the sloth is just hangin’ out today
hairy palm tree bark?
One of our favorite activities during the winter months is to visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park. It’s a ten minute drive from our house and provides a nice refuge from the frigid weather. And boy howdy, have we ever had frigid weather this year! Not to mention the piles of snow we’ve accumulated. Here’s a good view of that snow with the conservatory in the background:
piles of snow
approaching the conservatory
I don’t think anyone’s going to be sitting on this bench any time soon :)
don’t let that bright blue sky deceive you – it was about zero degrees
This year I focused more on the blooms. Last year I documented many of the plants that are contained within the conservatory. If you’re interested, check out that post by clicking here. We managed to strike it rich in terms of seeing beautiful orchids. The winter carnival is happening right now and there was an orchid contest and the winners were displayed in one of the rooms. I also noticed that there were many more orchids blooming this year than last year. Last year we visited the equivalent of about 3 weeks ago. What a difference 3 weeks makes!
orchid at the conservatory
I did snap some photos of lovely greenery too:
A collection of some other things blooming:
The sunken gardens where many couples get married:
And here’s a photo from hubby’s camera, the photographer at work ;)
This was quite the scene with the sloth named Chloe and the lone sun bittern. There was a volunteer who just told us how the bittern loves to torment the sloth to gain control of this tree. Another volunteer watched with us while the sloth moved away from the bittern. He said he’d never seen that sloth move so fast! It seem the bittern won this round:
I’m thinking the bonsai room was either closed last year or we missed it. There’s a nice display of a few bonsai plants but it wasn’t a good day to take photos in there. It was too bright. But I did get one of an olive tree and then a view of the room:
Finally, a study of amaryllis. I liked hubby’s photo a little better than mine so he let me display it here.
such a beautiful red!
I’m participating in my friend Marianne’s new photo challenge “one trip every month”. Do check out other trips at the link to her blog and enjoy!!