March 21 through April 26, 2015
Purple is back this year as the theme for the Spring Flower Show! Purple is the official color of the Centennial Celebration of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and we will be featuring some amazing flowers that show off this glorious color. We will feature the Hydrangea Oregon Pride and Blauemesiter that turn a lovely shade of purple. Tulips, Hyacinth, Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies, Calla, Bearded Iris, Allium, and Crocus will be the featured flowers giving this show a unique aesthetic.
May 2 through October 4, 2015
We will be giving a nod to the Conservatories Victorian heritage in the Summer Flower Show! The warm colors of red, yellow, chartreuse, orange, maroon, some white and blue will be highlighted, drastically different than the past colors of pink and purple. Victorian plants used will include Hollyhock, Zinnia, Amaranth, red Roses, yellow OT hybrid lilies, Coleus, Scented Geraniums, ornate carpet bedding areas, Cannas, Coral bells, all framed with citrus trees, banana’s and palms.
October 10 through November 29, 2015 (CLOSED NOVEMBER 2 – 6)
While many Minnesota gardens are winding down for the winter season, the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will be in full bloom! The Fall Flower Show features a variety of Chrysanthemums. The first half of the show will feature our traditional looking show, with mums of red, maroon, gold, orange, accented with Swiss Chard, Ornamental Peppers, Beets, and Calendula. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, the second half of the Fall Flower Show will have mainly purple/lavender Chrysanthemums with hints of white and magenta! Both parts of the Fall Show may have some unusual standard Mums that harken back to a past generation, in a small area of the garden.
December 5, 2015 through January 3, 2016
The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. It is a visual sensation to behold featuring hundreds of poinsettias. Orange is the new red in the 2014 Holiday Show and will feature a new Poinsettia called Autumn Leaves, a beautiful mix of yellow and pink bracts. The show will be complimented with the following Poinsettia cultivars: Orange Spice, Maren, Marco Polo, Premium Apricot, and Sparkling Punch to give the show more orange, pinks, cinnamon and apricot colors. The two toned yellow Coleus Wild Lime will accent the poinsettias.
January 9 through March 13, 2016
The Winter Show will have a mixture of purple, red, and pink. Plants highlighted will be various Cyclamen, Pansies, Viola, Cineraria, Amaryllis, Primula , Azaleas, Camellias, Digitalis, Primula and Velthemia with their pink flower spikes. Fragrance to the show will be supplied by various Oriental lilies and Papewhite Narcissus. The addition of spring ephemerals will occur in 2015. Some examples may be various bulbs, short grasses and Bleeding Heart.