When I started my migration vacation to Minnesota, the tulips in the Netherlands were just starting to bloom.
I received pictures from the hubby that even more in the back garden are showing colors.
I had on my “things to see” list this vacation Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. I had recently seen a blog by Linda Staats Photography of her recent trip to the Conservatory where she photographed tulips. Now, I couldn’t put off my visit any longer. Must see tulips!
I headed out of my rented cabin located on Big Marine Lake towards St Paul one early morning this week. The best time to photograph tulips are before the heat of the day.
I couldn’t believe that there was a long line waiting to enter at 10 am. Then it struck me that it is Spring break for several school districts in Minnesota. Families were visiting the zoo. Would I be lucky enough to have the conservatory to myself?
I would not! A perfect place for older adults to escape the noise of small children. It was crowed with photographic crazy seniors all elbowing each other to get the best pictures of sunken garden.
This reminded me of the extremely full paths at the Keukenhof during peak tulip bloom. Only on a much smaller scale.
Yes, I elbowed my way through the crowd and captured what I had come to observe, tulips. Avoiding the dirty looks of several passive aggressive Minnesotan seniors as I quickly proceeded with a smile.
Using both my HP camera and my cell phone camera to capture images. Sadly only my cell phone images are available for this post due to cable issues. The joys of travel, storage units and who knows what darn box that cable is in.
Violets in the sunken garden.
As I exited the sunken garden I strolled through the other areas of the conservatory finding the humidity changing my hair from straight to curly within minutes.
The huge palms and banana trees reach to the roof of the Conservatory and makes the entire place feel like the jungle areas where most of these plants originally existed.
The ferns and bromeliads were wonderfully exhibited on the sides of walls.
The conservatory also contains a Japanese themed area. On exhibit was bonsai azaleas with accent plants of tiny hosta.
The conservatory has a nice store where you can purchase the worn out tulips that they pull from the sunken garden.
I enjoyed this visit to the Como Park Zoo.
I would recommend this free admission conservatory if you are visiting the St Paul/Minneapolis area.
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I’m so glad you enjoyed the Conservatory at Como Park. It’s much different than your tulip gardens at home, but it is so very lovely and we Minnesotans are craving anything denoting spring, hence the large crowds you encountered. There’s always something for everyone throughout the Conservatory and I’m happy you got to take it all in. Hope it was worth the “elbowing” amongst the crowd.
It was totally worth it! I can’t wait to visit again and still wonder how I never made it there before now. I really know the cabin fever that everyone is suffering from here. Spring is coming…I hope…
It certainly looks worth the visit, even with the crowds!
It was so really worth it. I think it it hadn’t been Spring break it would have been less busy.
I love the Como Conservatory. After this especially long and snowy winter, I can understand why people lined up to get inside. We are craving splashes of color and greenery and warmth. My daughter, who lives nearby, advised me not to visit right now as the spring garden show starts. But then I’ll miss it, I protest. Maybe I’ll get there, maybe I won’t. Thanks for showcasing this special spot in Minnesota, even among passive aggressive types.
Spring Garden show? Maybe I need to make another trip. You will laugh at me as I found the snow showers we had yesterday romantic. But, not spending the entire winter here I have a different perspective.
Sorry I had to laugh at your hair misbehaving
Really? It is very true. No moisture in the air here and so super straight. Then like instant curl as soon as I walked into the humid greenhouse of the conservatory. It was most likely even funnier in person to see.
Ok if ever I make it over there, then we’re having a visit to a greenhouse lol
You managed to find pretty colors even in the early MN spring. Being that I a brown thumb, what are the used tulips for?