Frankly, I’d rather be in Florida right now — and I’m sure many Minnesotans feel the same way. 2014 is likely to go into the record books as one of the top 10 cold winters in the state, and the cold combined with snow, ground blizzards and icy roads has made this winter tough, tough, tough. A trip to Florida is not in the cards for me this year. Fortunately, a tropical vacation is possible for an hour or so with a visit to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, a.k.a, the Como conservatory.
The conservatory is an oasis of heat, humidity and greenery in our frozen world. For gardeners, it’s a particular joy to see blooms of lilies, begonias and cyclamen. Orchids, palms and a variety of air plants grow throughout the conservatory. It’s open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March (longer hours begin in April) and it’s free.