You'll recall I planned to visit various Public Gardens over the summer this year. http://librariandoa.blogspot.com/2015/04/minnesota-public-gardens.html
The first up for many reasons was the Como Park Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. I hadn't been there in years. Two popular features, The Sunken Garden and the Japanese Garden weren't quite at peak (they were swapping Sunken Garden Exhibits) but it was still lovely to be in a giant greenhouse full of mostly trees and ferns, then to walk through the Japanese gardens on a wandering path.
Because it is still so early in the season, this is a perfect place to go and stroll and feel as if summer is coming.
Don't be fooled, you can't enter here. You'll need to go around to the side and enter where you can visit the Gift Shop coming and going. They had some very sweet Fairy Garden furnishings. Since my Fairy Garden is still a non-starter, I resisted.
It is the 100th Anniversary of the Conservatory. We were told that the Sunken Gardens will feature flowers in the color purple all year in honor of the "royal anniversary".
The Japanese Gardens