***A SEPARATE, PRE-PAID RESERVATION AND ADMISSION TO THE WINTER CARNIVAL ORCHID SHOW IS REQUIRED TO ENTER THE CONSERVATORY ON JANUARY 28 AND 29.*** Those attending the Orchid Show may attend the zoo after. Those attending the zoo may not attend the Conservatory without a pre-paid ticket. Those coming just to visit the Conservatory’s gardens will still need to purchase a ticket for this weekend.
Click HERE To Purchase Tickets. Advanced Purchase Required
During the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, all things cold are celebrated. One event stands out and gives attendees a way to escape to the tropics without even getting on a plane; the Winter Carnival Orchid Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory on January 28 and 29, 2023, from 10am – 4pm.
Do I have to pay to go to the Conservatory this weekend, even though I am not there for the Orchid Show?
Yes! This is the one time of year that there is an admission fee to the Conservatory. Admission into the Conservatory for Winter Carnival Orchid Show weekend (regardless if you are coming or the Orchid Show or not) will be $5 for adults, and $4 for Como Friends Member, seniors 55+, and children under 12. No refunds will be given for this event.
Do I have to pay to visit the zoo?
No! You only have to pay if you plan on visiting the Conservatory. You do still need to make a reservation for the zoo: https://comozooconservatory.org/reservations/
What if I want to visit the Zoo and the Conservatory?
Can I walk up and get a reservation to the Orchid Show?
Sorry, no. Prepayment by credit card and advanced reservations will be required. Click HERE to make your reservation.
Where do I enter?
Entrance for the Orchid Show will be at the Japanese Garden Gates. Entrance to the zoo is still at the Visitor Center.
So I have my reservation, I’ve paid my $5, and I go through the Japanese Garden gate to enter the Conservatory, then what?
Enjoy the show! You may also continue to visit the zoo if you would like. Those attending the Orchid Show have the ability to purchase quality orchids from our excellent vendors. Orchid plants and orchid-related items will be for sale from the following vendors: Arnold J. Klehm Growers Inc., Deerwood Orchids, New World Orchids, Sophie’s Orchids, and members of the Orchid Society of Minnesota.
Now in its 48th year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has become the premier winter event for orchid lovers throughout the Midwest. Hundreds of orchid plants owned by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, the Orchid Society of Minnesota members, as well as individual and commercial orchid growers, will transform the Conservatory into a tropical wonderland where instead of King Boreas, orchids rule. Besides witnessing the beautiful plants and displays, vendors will be offering plants and other wares.
Come see orchids in a tropical setting, learn about orchid culture from our outstanding members and vendors, and have the ability to purchase quality orchids from our excellent vendors. Orchid plants and orchid-related items will be for sale from the following vendors: Arnold J. Klehm Growers Inc., Deerwood Orchids, New World Orchids, and Sophie’s Orchids.