The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Fall Flower Show Now Open
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 opened Saturday, October 9th and features a variety of chrysanthemums and fall favorites. The first half of the Fall Flower Show (October 9 – October 31) will feature a yellow and silver palette. Dwarf sunflowers, marigolds, ornamental peppers, and pumpkin on-a-stick will add to the cheerful display. The second half of the Fall Flower Show (November 6 –November 28) will be equal parts orange, yellow, and white.
The chrysanthemum flower has been known since before 5000 BC in a small yellow form. Ancient China and Japan both have tales explaining how the chrysanthemum originated. The Chinese who considered them the highest of flowers, named their royal throne after the flower. Chrysanthemum flowers have traditionally been boiled in China to make “chrysanthemum tea,” used in folk medicine for influenza patients. In landscaping, chrysanthemums are valued for the fact that they bloom in fall. Chrysanthemum flowers are also a favorite of florists for arrangements, due to the longevity of their blooms.
The Fall Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is open October 9 – November 28 from 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be a mid-show change November 1 – November 5 in which the Sunken Garden will be closed, but all other rooms of the Conservatory will remain open to the public. The tradition of the annual Fall Flower Show began in 1915 when the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory first opened. Today, the Conservatory hosts five season annual flower shows.