McNeely Conservatory 100th anniversaryYesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the McNeely Conservatory in Como Park.  I’ve been fortunate to enjoy it in my neighborhood for the past 10 years, and even in that time there have been many changes.  Throughout the seasons the conservatory has welcomed people to its warmth and its plethora of beautiful flowers.  In a state where we have a definitive four seasons, it’s been delightful to have an oasis of green and color during the wintertime when our landscape is reduced to black and white.  This weekend the Conservatory was filled with the music of 1915 including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and Muddy Waters.  The changes I’ve seen in 10 years can’t begin to compare to the changes in a century.  I trust that the conservatory will be around in another 100 years, and that people will continue to marvel at the Victorian glass houses that have attracted visitors for all these years.

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