Here we are a full day and a half into Spring 2013, and the temperature has yet to break the freezing mark in the Twin Cities! A far cry from last year’s St. Pat’s heat wave, isn’t it?
Winter in Minnesota certainly has a lot to offer, with sledding and skating and snowshoeing, but there comes a point where it’s been winter just a little too long. And that point is probably right about now; I know that I’m anxious to take the YakTrax off my hiking boots. If you don’t think you can take another moment of frost and cold, though, there is hope: the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul holds on to a luxuriously warm summer day and holds it all year round.
MPR had a nice profile of the conservatory and its keepers yesterday. In addition to preserving a summer day, the conservatory also gives Minnesotans a chance to get up close and personal with things like cinnamon trees, nutmeg plants, and kola nuts. It may offer just a brief visit to a warmer climate, but sometimes a brief visit is all you need to get through the last few weeks of winter (and the first few weeks of spring …).