Photos: Beat the cold-weather blues at the Como Zoo Conservatory

Arts & Culture Jeffrey Thompson · ·

1 A selection of Bromeliad plants is displayed at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
2 A Christmas fern unfurls at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
3 Velthemia plants are held in a greenhouse at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
4 An orchid arrangement hangs from a tree at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
5 Peppers dry at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
6 A selection of cyclamen flowers are arranged in a greenhouse at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
7 Seedlings sprout at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
8 Margaret Yeakel-Twum waters plants in a greenhouse at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Yeakel-Twum, who takes daily refuge from the cold in the Conservatory's warm climate, said "This job will keep you sane." 
9 Margaret Yeakel-Twum changes boots before beginning her watering chores at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
10 Margaret Yeakel-Twum's locker is decorated with personal items at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
11 Margaret Yeakel-Twum carries away waste from the north garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Yeakel-Twum, who has been a horticulturalist at the Conservatory for 17 years, starts her day watering and pruning and then works in the greenhouses when Conservatory opens to the public. 
12 Hydrangeas catch the sunlight at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 
13 A tulip opens at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, March 20, 2013.