Monday, January 14, 2008
Gesneriad Field Trip
The Gesneriad Club went to the Como Conservatory this past weekend to see the annual poinsettia show. There were thousands of blooming poinsettias featuring the Famous Artists varieties. The tropical rain forest room is the newest feature with displays that allow you to get a close-up view of various fish, turtles, birds, insects and animals. The main conservatory dome has the palm display which has over a hundred varieties of palm plants. The most interesting room though, in my opinion, is the agriculturally useful room. This has various plants that are grown for harvest including chocolate, star fruit, black pepper, coffee, fig, papaya, sugar cane and many more. What a fabulous way to get out of the cold and get the feeling of summer right here in MN in January.