(Various types of orchids; The only one I can identify is the second flower which is a Pink Lady Slipper or cypripedium acaule.)

This past weekend Annah and I traveled to the Como Zoo Conservatory in Minneapolis, MN. We had been up there a few months ago, before I had become so enthusiastically addicted to houseplants, and this time it was very interesting to see several houseplants growing in their natural habitat. We saw some huge adult pothos plants growing abundantly, numerous pilea, orchids (they had a Pink Lady Slipper or Cypripedium acaule, which is one of my favorites), star fruit trees, mango trees, monstera deliciosa, peperomia, philodendron, fittonia, syngonium podophyllum, cycas revoluta (sago palm), and many other plants that we have been growing on a smaller scale at home. It was nice to escape the dreadful Minnesota weather and spend some time with plants.

([1]Epipremnum aureum, [2] Peperomia obtusifolia, [3]From left to right: Fittonia, Philodendron scandens (f. micans?) or "Heartleaf philodendron", and Syngonium podophyllum, [4] various other plants.)

It was also a delight to stop by the Bachmans Floral, Home & Garden Store in Minneapolis which has a great selection of indoor plants which are decently priced. I purchased an Epipremnum Aureum 'Marble Queen' and Annah purchased a cute little Zamioculcas Zamiifolia plant.

Overall it was a lovely trip and we look forward to the next time we're able to take a trip to Minneapolis.

Photo credits: All me.


  1. Wicked Gardener // January 10, 2008 at 8:26 PM  

    I can see why you would like to go back! It looks beautiful. It must have been especially nice at this time of year.

  2. Julie // January 10, 2008 at 8:33 PM  

    Ooooohhhh...you bought a Marble Queen??? I am jealous! Will you post a pic of it? Beautiful photos...and I know you enjoyed seeing those garden spots living in MN. Goodness.

  3. Tracy // January 10, 2008 at 11:21 PM  

    Glad to see you are back, it has been a while since you posted. Beautiful pics, I have been yearning to go to the botanical gardens around here, it really is a nice place to visit in the dead of winter. Congrats on your new plants, I would love to see pics.

    Looking forward to your posts again.