I took these photos of the Como Park bonsai collection June 5, 2003 with my Canon A70. To see the trees close up just keep clicking on the images.
Every year during winter carnival the Orchid Society of Minnesota hosts an orchid show at the Como Park Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. They also have a web page with links to useful orchid information.
My favorite orchid was one that looked like and alien. I think it is a paph spicernium appletonium. I thought this was cool because Appleton is my home town.
You can click on the thumbnails to see a larger version. Please use the comment feature to tell me what you know about these orchids.
The gardeners at Como’s Conservatory are blogged their corpse flower event (click on the red words to see their blog). They have a time lapse video and also a live webcam. I went to see it April 8 but the “inflorescense” happened on Wednesday. Inflorescence refers to the opening of the the flower of an Amorphophallus titanum. I recommend you click over to the blog of Brian O’Brian at Gustavus Adulphus College for a scholarly expositition “of the provenance, biology, general intellectual appeal, and aesthetic appeal of Bob.” BOB, the corpse flower at Como Park was named after Brian O’Brian. Bob’s parent, Perry, at Gustavus Adulphus, is also putting on a show. You can watch it latest growth (2.4 meters today) on a webcam and read Brian O’Brian’s blog by clicking here.