Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

Come wander in; my gate is always open! Gardening / Birding

Getting Anxious for Spring? January 24, 2011

Escape close to home by visiting one of Minnesota’s metro area Glass Houses & Conservatories to beat the winter blues; especially therapeutic this time of year!

→Edinborough Park, Edina, Minnesota

  • No admission fee
  • Unique indoor park or conservatory
  • Acre in size
  • 6,000 plants, including mature trees
  • Waterfalls, pools, tropical foliage plants
  • Free play area for small children
  • Pay areas for ice skating and other activities
  • Free parking spaces outside park building
  • Food sold on premises

→Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory at Como Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
This location boasts a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in the gardens!

  • 1/2 acre under glass
  • Minimal admission fee – also allows entrance to the Ordway Japanese Garden
  • 64-1/2 foot tall central domed palm house
  • Sunken garden
  • Fern room
  • 260 major varieties of plants from six different continents
  • Bonsai tree collection
  • Gift shop

→Cowles Conservatory at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, run by the Walker Art Center

  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-5PM; closed Mondays
  • Free street parking and a nearby pay lot
  • Admission Fee
  • Exotic orchids, towering palms, stephanotis vines, dozens of fragrant species

→Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota

Mostly a beautiful outdoor setting, there are some activities to be enjoyed indoors during winter months.

  • The Snyder Building is a glasshouse conservatory containing plants not hardy in Minnesota’s climate
  • 31 reasons to visit in January
  • Admission fee except on Thursdays after 4:30PM

→Minnesota Zoo Tropics Trail, Apple Valley, Minnesota

  • 1/2 acre under glass
  • Entrance fee
  • Free parking lots
  • Food available
  • Full-sized trees, sprawling vines, ficus benjamina, pothos, sheffleras and philodendrons create a leafy canopy of vegetation
  • Designated rescue center for all orchids confiscated by custom’s agents, you’ll find them nestled in among the greenery

Source: Univ of MN/gardens where you can see the full list of indoor gardens in Minnesota.

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