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Como Conservatory will celebrate 100th anniversary Nov. 7

With many thousands of weddings performed there over the years, the Conservatory is inviting couples to return Nov. 7 for a mass vow-renewal ceremony.

The Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul will celebrate its 100th anniversary Nov. 7.

Now known as the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, the indoor gardens opened on Nov. 7, 1915, with an exhibition of chrysanthemums and music by Snyder’s Orchestra.

The adjacent Como Zoo is even older; it opened in 1897 with three deer on display.

The conservatory, with its indoor gardens and flower exhibits, has long been a popular wedding site (particularly in the winter). For the anniversary, a large wedding-vow-renewal ceremony is planned for Nov. 7 at 10 a.m., officiated by retired Judge Tom Armstrong.

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Other weekend events planned for the anniversary include:

Nov. 7

  • 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., gardener talk about the history of the Conservatory
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., free live music
  • All night: The Conservatory’s dome, North and South gardens will be lit for exterior photography.

Nov. 8

  • 11:15 a.m., anniversary cake
  • 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., gardener talk about the history of the Conservatory
  • 2 – 3 p.m., performances by local poets, writers and musicians, including Ed Bok Lee, Angela Pelster, Katrina Vandenberg and Ben Weaver.