Gardens to Visit

Munsinger and Clemens Gardens: Minnesota Green Partners

This article by Tom McKusick originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener. Munsinger and Clemens Gardens, a free public garden located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, attracts more than 350,000 visitors every year. The park consists of two distinct but adjacent gardens. Munsinger Gardens began in the…

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Winter Flower Show at Como Conservatory

Even though it’s felt like we live in Seattle the past — oh, maybe — four months, it is still January in Minnesota. That means short days, cold temps and a chance to escape at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park. I love, love, love the conservatory, especially in January. The air is moist,…

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Take Your Tropical Vacation at Como Conservatory

We’re heading back into the deep freeze here in Minnesota, which is the best time I know of to visit the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. The Como conservatory is a popular destination for northerners seeking a break from the cold, dry air that we experience this time of year. The…

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Celebrate Midsommer with a Garden Center Tour (and Wine!)

If you have ever been in Scandinavia at the end of June, you know how much they enjoy the long, summery days of “midsommar.” Picnics, family trips to the cabin, strolling through gardens and enjoying good food and drink are part of the annual celebration. This year, MSHS is sponsoring its own version of midsommar…

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Como Conservatory Winter Flower Show

Are you looking for a perfect escape from the cold, harsh Minnesota winter? Then the Como Park Conservatory Winter Flower Show is the place for you! The show runs through March 12 at the conservatory at 1225 Estabrook Drive in St. Paul. I visited recently on one of the colder days we’ve had in awhile.…

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