Tip-toeing Through the Tulips in Tuxedos

“I love tulips better than any other spring flower; they are the embodiment of alert cheerfulness and tidy grace…and is there anything in the world more charming than the sprightly way they hold their little faces to the sun.”
– Elizabeth von Arnim

As we find fresh new ways to connect during this uncertain season, we’re very pleased to share this virtual bouquet from the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show. Planted and potted months ago by a team of dedicated community volunteers, more than 10,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, muscari and lilies are now bursting with life in Minnesota’s most beautiful room.
Ariel Dressler, one of the the lead horticulturalists at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory said, “In terms of inspiration, I built the show around the orange tulip, ‘Princess Irene.’ It is one of my favorite tulips in the whole world! All the shades of blue and purple are a supporting backdrop for the orange. To add elegance and diversity of plant form I included delphiniums. The buds of delphinium remind me of little jewels. Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’ is in the garden for fragrance and the romance it brings with tightly ruffled buttercream petals. There are so many proposals and weddings in the garden that I thought it would be a fun addition.”
Since Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is temporarily closed to the public, the horticultural staff, zookeepers, and Como’s marketing team had the opportunity to enrich the African (black-footed) penguins by letting them waddle through the tulips. It seems the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Sunken Garden Show delights the senses for people and penguins alike. We hope you enjoy watching this delightful video taken by the Star Tribune, that captures this adorable and unusual visit. The Song, “Tip-toe Through the Tulips” has a whole new meaning now for all of us.

A Twin Cities tradition for more than a century, Como’s rotating flower shows are always a source for inspiration and renewal—even from a distance. Thanks to your support for Como Friends, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will have the resources it needs to keep growing, and to cultivate plans for the future when we can gather again in good health.

With our best wishes for you and your families, thank you for all you do to support Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, a true Minnesota treasure!

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  • Thomas Normile says:

    It brings a tear to my eye. Tom in Minneapolis by way of the Saint Louis, MO Jewell Box in Forest Park.

  • Maura S Hanson says:

    This is the most beautiful display I’ve ever seen! I wish with all my heart, I could walk through…but the pictures are priceless!
    Thank you so much!

  • Anna Deley says:

    These photos are so beautiful! We definitely miss visiting the grounds of lovely Como Park, Zoo and Conservatory right now. Thank you for sharing these amazing spring blooms, such a delight!

  • Deb says:

    This is my happy place, and the pictures are gorgeous. Only wish I could smell the hyacinths!

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