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Como Conservatory & Japanese Garden Tour


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Our July meeting will be a tour of the Japanese Garden & Conservatory at Como Park. The meeting will be on Saturday, July 20th at 10:30 AM at the Como Park in St Paul, (see the map). 

The Conservatory address is at 1225 Estabrook Drivein St Paul. Travel through the many gardens of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as you explore the Jewel of Como and learn about our rich history. 

Go behind-the-scenes and uncover how the garden staff keep the conservatory & Japanese Garden looking lush and green all year long and produce the many spectacular and beloved Sunken Garden flower shows. 

This tour is a unique opportunity to “peek behind the curtains” of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and get your daily dose of green!

Cost: $15/person, prepay on our PayPal account.

We will be meeting at the visitor’s center service desk at the entrance to the Conservatory.  


What's New at UMKC

The Upper Midwest Koi Club June Meeting will be held at the home of club members, Lori and Tony Vertin.

Lori and Tony have planned the following activities and can modify based upon attendance and interest:

Building on the April pond building meeting, Tony will share what type of filtration is available on a 5000 gallon pond and a 12000 gallon pond. He will answer questions about materials used, current and former equipment he used and what might he have done differently.

What’s the future of this kohaku? Three or four kohaku koi, about 16-17” will be bowled and we will discuss strong and weak points of each.

What’s the future of this showa? Three showa koi, about 21” will be bowled and we will discuss strong and weak points of each.

For novice koi keepers, we will cover basic koi anatomy, sashi, kiwa and skin quality during the kohaku and showa discussion.

We will also walk the yard, talk about plant varieties and creating a japanese style garden.

Time permitting, we will share how we kept our koi in the garage and what plans we have for next winter.