Summer Flower Show

April 30 through October 2, 2016
In a beautiful coincidence only befitting Prince’s world-wide prominence, his life and the significance of his artistic work, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Summer Flower Show presents a botanical color scheme of purple and lavender, featuring a new Oriental Trumpet hybrid Lily named “Purple Prince”.

Some other prominent purples include Purpletop Vervain, Russian Sage, Beebalm, Butterfly Bush, and Heliotrope. Purple, white and lavender Roses, Caladiums, and Petunias will continue the color theme.

The Summer Flower Show displays the greatest array of warm season blooming plants over the longest schedule of the five Sunken Garden Flower Shows.

See a video of the 2012 Summer Flower Show here.

Fall Flower Show

Saturday, October 8 through Sunday, November 27, 2016

SG closed for mid-show change October 31 – November 4

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 show will have an Asian theme, the Chrysanthemum originated in China and then became a very important flower in Japan.  The colors for the show will be red/maroon and yellow/gold. We will be having accent grasses that look similar to bamboo called Acorus which is a Japanese forest grass.  Ornamental peppers and Swiss Chard will also serve as accent plants.

Holiday Flower Show

December 3 through January 2, 2017

The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. The Holiday show will feature new Poinsettia Gold Rush, a beautiful gold colored Poinsettia, just hitting the market this year.  Supplemented with orange and red Poinsettias, and beautiful rusty orange Philodendrons.

See a video of the 2014 Holiday Flower Show here.

Winter Flower Show

January 7 through March 12, 2017

The Winter Show will have a mixture of purple and red. 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.   Some examples may be various bulbs, short grasses and Bleeding Heart.

See a video of the Winter Flower Show here.


Spring Flower Show

March through April , 2017