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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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United States of America - Minnesota - Saint Paul

Institution Code: STPAU

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park

About the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Enjoy a visit to a historic glasshouse that opened to the public in 1915. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The historic structure was extensively restored during the late 1980's and 1990's.

The historic structure consists of a Palm Dome (100' in diameter), North Garden, which holds economic plants from the tropics, and Sunken Garden, which displays five seasonal flower shows.


The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota is open 365 days a year. Admission is free, with a suggested donation.

Main Address:
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul
Minnesota 55103 United States of America

Telephone: (651) 487-8200
Fax: (651) 487-8203
URL: www.comozooconservatory.org
Primary Email: karen.kleber.diggs@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Michelle Furrer, Campus Manager
    Curator's Name: Tina Dombrowski, Conservatory Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Karen Kleber Diggs
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 14
    Educational Staff Number: 13
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 19

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 1915
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 5 Hectares
    Latitude: 44.9806984
    Longitude: -93.1526212
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 2000000
    Number of Volunteers: 400

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Orchids, Bromeliads, Tree Ferns, Staghorn Ferns, Ethnobotanical plants, New World plants , Palms, Cycads, Bonsai.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: No
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes