Bonsai garden opening

Ponderosa pine bonsai 7D1232_StaatsThis weekend was the grand opening of the Ordway Gardens at Como Park.  The new addition to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory allows for the viewing of one of North America’s top ten public collections of bonsai.  After a seven-inch snowfall on Thursday into Friday, the opening took on a non-springlike look.  How unusual to see a Ponderosa Pine bonsai with snow at its base!  It seemed a true testament to the hardiness and the beauty of bonsai.  And with the conservatory dome reflecting in the glass panel behind the tree it was a perfect representation of the beauty and the specialness of the conservatory and the new gardens.