Summer Flower Show and The Amazing World of Moths Are Now Open!

The 2016 Summer Flower Show opens to the public on Saturday, April 30. The show will run 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.


Purple Prince Oriental Lily compressed


Also opening April 30th is “The Amazing World of Moths“, a stunning photo exhibit by Minneapolis artist Bill Johnson opens in Como’s Exhibit Gallery April 30th and runs through June 30th. Over 40 extreme close-up images will highlight the amazing colors, shapes, and diversity of these beautiful winged creatures.

Mr. Johnson specializes in plant and insect photography, from full-specimen to ultra-close-up macro photography.

Mr. Johnson’s images have appeared in over 900 national and regional publications, including nature magazines, gardening books, field guides, and most recently a children’s book to entitled Minnesota Bug Hunt which explore insects, friendly and fierce, that live as close as our own backyard. His photography travels have taken him to a variety of geographic regions nationally and internationally.

The public is invited to a “meet & greet” with artist Bill Johnson on Sunday, May 1 from 1pm – 4pm. The exhibit will be on display April 30th through June 30, 10am – 6pm.Admission is free.

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