Picture-Perfect: The Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

With long summer days and picture perfect growing conditions, the Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Sunken Garden is looking better than ever.

“Since volunteers aren’t allowed back yet, we’ve redeployed some Como staffers who have done a terrific job keeping the flowers in the Summer Flower Show looking great,” says horticulturist Ariel Dressler.

Always the longest-running flower show at the Conservatory, this year’s Summer Flower Show features a few flower varieties that are generating big buzz from Como visitors. “People are very curious about the Conca d’or Lily, which looks like a big, bright yellow lemon meringue pie,” says Dressler. The fast-growing salmon-coral leaves of the Toucan Coral Canna, and the star-shaped light blue flowers of the Nymphaea “Dauben” water lily are also capturing attention.

While Como is keeping the crowds in check with a new reservation-only entry policy, and a one-way route through campus, Dressler and the rest of Como’s horticulturists are thrilled to see visitors back in the Sunken Garden. “After putting together a Spring Flower show that only the penguins got a chance to see, it’s great to be bringing the community back to the Conservatory,” she says. “As public gardeners, there’s nothing we enjoy more than making this room look as amazing as it can for visitors.”

“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.” -Buddha

The Summer Flower Show will include several plant and flower change ups between now and October 4, when it will end its run.

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