Where to get your flower fix this weekend

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The Como Zoo Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s summer flower show opens April 30. This year’s theme is the color purple. // Photo of past summer show via Como Zoo Conservatory

Spring is taking its sweet time to fully arrive in Minnesota. Instead of gazing out your window at the dreary gray skies, wrapped in a blanket, wishing for warm sunshine and abundant gardens, get a jump-start on the season by heading to Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

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Floral arrangements for Art In Bloom are designed to complement pieces in the Mia’s collection // Photo via Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Art in Bloom opens today, Thursday, April 28, and goes until Sunday, May 1. This is the 33rd year of the four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art. There are more than 150 floral displays, each designed to interpret objects from Mia’s collection. The event is free and open during regular museum hours. For tour schedules, hours, and other information, head to the Art in Bloom website.


The Oriental Trumpet hybrid Lily named “Purple Prince” is the star of this year’s Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at the Como Zoo // Photo via Como Zoo Conservatory

The Summer Flower Show opens on Saturday, April 30. In what the conservatory is calling “a beautiful coincidence only befitting Prince’s world-wide prominence, life, and the significance of his artistic work,” this year’s show features a purple and lavender color scheme. The star of the show is the new Oriental Trumpet hybrid Lily named “Purple Prince.”

Some other prominent purples include Purpletop Vervain, Russian Sage, Beebalm, Butterfly Bush, and Heliotrope. Purple white and lavender roses, Caladiums, and Petunias will continue the color theme.

The show goes through October 2, 2016. Learn more here.

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