Designed by Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s horticulturist Ariel Dressler, this summer’s Sunken Garden Show is all about summer sunsets 

Summer sunsets are the inspiration for this year’s Summer Flower Show, featuring a warm palette of glowing tropical and seasonal annuals. From fiery reds like the Hibiscus ‘Imperial Dragon’, red salvia and dark red verbena, to citrus-y orange begonias, tangerine impatiens, striped tiki torch petunias, and canna, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s longest-running flower show captures the gloaming warmth of the season’s long days.

One of Dressler’s other favorites in the show is the talinum, which is a genus of herbaceous succulent plants in the family Talinaceae whose common names include “flameflower.” Several species bear edible leaves, and Talinum fruticosum is widely grown in tropical regions as a leaf vegetable. “I love knowing that a plant is both beautiful to look at, and also edible,” Says Dressler.

“There is always a lot of anticipation and smiles when a new show opens, and I think the lilies will be blooming by Mother’s Day,” says Dressler.

Como’s Sunken Garden Summer Flower Show runs from May 7 to October 2

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