Though it may be just a little depressing to see the bright shades of summer fade to brown and orange hues, there are some upsides to Autumn. First, it’s not as hot as our Minnesota summers can be, but the sun is still out. Second, our Saint Paul’s excellent tree canopy looks just as great in the reds, golds, and oranges of fall as the greens of summer. And third, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory opens it's annual Fall Flower Show. On Saturday, October 11, the show will open with hundreds of chrysanthemums in two different editions in pallets of pink, lavender, purple and yellow and maroon, gold and bronze.
The chrysanthemum flower has been known since before 5000 BC in a small yellow form. The Chinese considered them with such great reverence that their royal throne was named after the flower. Chrysanthemum flowers have traditionally been boiled in China to make "chrysanthemum tea," used in folk medicine for influenza patients. In landscaping, chrysanthemums are valued for the fact that they bloom in fall. Chrysanthemum flowers are also a favorite of florists for arrangements, due to the longevity of their blooms.
The tradition of the annual Fall Flower Show began in 1915 when the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory first opened. Today, the Conservatory hosts five season annual flower shows. The Fall Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is open October 11 through November 30 with the edition intermission November 3 through 7 and open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00pm.
For over 100 years, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota has charmed, educated and entertained millions of children and adults while at the same time fostering an appreciation for the natural world. About 1.7 million visitors from around the world visit the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory each year, making it the second biggest tourist attraction in Minnesota. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the months of April through September and 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. during October through March. Admission to both the Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is always free and a voluntary donation is appreciated.
For more information, visit www.comozooconservatory.org.