Horticulture staff have happily represented the Conservatory's collections of bonsai and orchids at the Minnesota State Fair. We displayed 63 orchids in the Orchid Society of Minnesota's annual room exhibit, and three bonsai trees in the Minnesota Bonsai Society exhibit. The Orchids garnered 13 first-place ribbons, including a "Best Exhibit" of greater than 26 plants. Of the bonsai trees displayed, the Korean beech received an "Award of Merit."
Though the State Fair is over, visitors can still see parts of the conservatory's orchid collection displayed on a rotating basis, as well as our Sunken Garden Flower Shows, and lush tropical collections in the North Garden, Fern Room, Palm Dome, and Tropical Encounters.