During the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, all things cold are celebrated. One event stands out and gives attendees a way to escape to the tropics without even getting on a plane; the Winter Carnival Orchid Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory on January 25 and 26, 2020. Hundreds of orchid plants owned by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, as well as individual members of the Orchid Society of Minnesota, affiliated orchid societies and commercial orchid growers, will transform the Conservatory into a tropical wonderland where instead of King Boreas, orchids rule.
Now in its 46th year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has become the premier winter event for orchid lovers throughout the Midwest, attended by nearly 5,000 orchid enthusiasts. Perhaps in response to those long cold winters, Minnesotans are avid plants-men and women and welcome the chance to see and purchase something out of the ordinary.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 ($1 off admission for Como Friends Members or for visitors with Winter Carnival button). The admission fee for the Winter Carnival Orchid Show is required to enter the Conservatory on January 25 and 26.