Opening April 19, 2013, The Ordway Gardens is a 2.8 million dollar addition to the historic Marjorie McNeely Conservatory that will create year-round viewing of its nationally-acclaimed Bonsai collection and Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden. This new wing will feature a Bonsai Pavilion, Huelsmann Foundation Meditative Garden, Huss Foundation Terrace, and realigned Jo and Gordon Bailey Pine Grove Walk leading to the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden.
The new Japanese plant and garden pavilion will immerse visitors in the beauty and history of the Conservatory’s Japanese collections. This new indoor/outdoor wing of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will provide the only experience in Minnesota of a top-curated Japanese plant collection. Improvements will result in an integrated indoor Bonsai Pavilion, outdoor Bonsai garden, and year-round Japanese Garden. New gallery space will provide the opportunity to display Bonsai trees year-round. An adjoining Huelsmann Foundation Meditative Garden will, for the first time ever, provide space outside to display Bonsai trees. The new gallery and garden will connect to the Japanese Garden via a realigned path that continues the immersion into the Japanese plants and gardens.