How to Blissfully Flitter Away Three Hours


What is springtime in Minnesota without a trip to the Sunken Garden inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park? The perfumed floral scents, a kiss from a prince to awaken us from our winter slumber. The vibrant colors, a welcome change from Jack Frost's grays.

Marjorie McNeely Sunken Garden Show

Traditionally I make my annual spring garden visit closer to Easter; when the floral array is in full bloom. But after our unseasonably warm February temperatures, the Ides of March were surprisingly brutal. Without a winter get-away this year I felt an urgency to refresh and renew my soul; and the opening weekend of the spring show couldn't come soon enough!



Permission Slip For Mother Nature's Field Trip

Flowers in any form are good for my soul; providing hours upon hours of joyful entertainment. Determined to maximize the enchanting experience with minimal distractions by other onlookers I arrived promptly when the doors opened.

Having no commitments that Saturday made 'signing' the permission slip for Mother Nature's field trip a no-brainer. I blissfully floated through the gardens at my leisure -- soaking up all the sights, sounds & smells -- immersing myself in Mother Nature's beauty; much to my heart's delight.



Newborns Coming To Life

Walking into the Conservatory was like being a kid in a candy store. With so many visual treats I wanted to consume them all at once. Then the wisdom of my age kicked in, reminding me to honor each springtime beauty like a newborn coming to life. And so I did...


  • There were Hyacinths emerging from the earth; their robust shape an indication they soon would be sharing their fragrant aromas.

  • The tightly wound Hydrangea buds, reminded me of scared children afraid to be who they are, unaware of the stunning beauty they held within.

  • The Golden Ranunculus looked like sun designs scattered throughout the garden; each one unique and beautiful.

  • Pale yellow Pansies danced in the wind like flickers of sunshine on a warm summer day.

  • Daffodils, all sunny and bright, were the smiley face emojis,

  • And the Tulips and Calla Lilies, standing tall before unfurling, were the exclamation points of the spring garden.


Magnificent Morning of Bliss

When I finally succumbed to my growling stomach and convinced myself I had seen everything I needed to see I checked the time on phone. I could hardly believe my eyes. I had spent 3 blissful hours in Marjorie's magnificent botanical playground. Oh what a delight! Just what my soul needed.

I was ready to conquer a new day!






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