Alive with lush fern fronds and bromeliads, this season’s Sunken Garden Flower Show is like a walk in a primordial garden with vibrant pops of color—the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Winter Show runs now through March 14. 

Miguel Goebel was a college sophomore when he got his first glimpse of Como’s Sunken Garden. “I fell in love with it right then, and it’s still my favorite room at Como,” says Goebel, who has been a horticulturist at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory for the past two years. “It’s the place where you get to see so much hard work come to life.”

This season’s Winter Flower Show is the first one designed by Goebel, who began preparations for the display a few months ago. Featuring azaleas and a host of lilies grown and cared for in Como’s 30,000 square foot greenhouse, the Winter Flower Show also includes bromeliads from Como’s behind-the-scenes collections, providing an unexpected hit of color and texture. “We plant some of these things up to nine months in advance, so seeing these tiny seedlings or small plants really pop in the Sunken Garden is something I really enjoy,” Goebel says.

Como’s longest continuously running display, the Winter Flower Show will be open to the public daily through March 14. While Como’s Sunken Garden flower shows are always free, visitors are required to make a reservation as part of our safe social-distancing guidelines. Make your reservation today!

“Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time. ” –Peter Zumthor

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