Warm Welcome at Como

By January 25, 2019Conservatory, History

Once temperatures dip below freezing, that’s when the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory really heats up.

Inside the historic Palm Dome, where it’s always a tropical 80 degrees, winter-weary Minnesotans shed their layers and take a deep breath of balmy air. Young families gather around the koi pond in Como’s tropical North Garden to watch the fish flit through the inky water. Visitors to the Fern Room lift their faces to the fine mist of precipitation that falls from above. And a walk through the Sunken Garden delivers mood-altering shots of color and fragrance that Minnesota’s mid-winter landscape is sorely lacking. A tradition visitors from near and far have been reveling in for generations.

“This Place is definitely a balm for the spirit at this time of year,” says Tina Dombrowski, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s horticultural curator. “One of the things that is very characteristic of Como is the strong sense of community ownership, particularly during the winter months. You notice students studying and sketching under the palm canopy. You see visitors snapping photos of plants, family and friends. You hear parents quietly reading stories to their children or couples enjoying leisurely mooring walks or chats with friends. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory belongs to everyone, and that’s what makes it such an esteemed community treasure”

With free admission, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has been one of Minnesota’s most inviting destinations.

Flower shows in the Sunken Garden have been a Minnesota tradition since 1925. Thanks to contributions from Como Friends supporters, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has the resources to seed and grow five seasonal flower shows, bringing a shot of springtime to Minnesotans no matter the season.

Your contribution to Como Friends or a Garden Sponsorship are a unique way to invest in gardens, plants and growing possibilities at Minnesota’s most visited botanical garden.

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