Mitchell Park Domes

Seasons of Legend - Spring Floral Show

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory's Show Dome is transformed 5 times each year. Each Show Dome display has a specific theme, generally categorized as historical, cultural or fantasy, and is chosen at least a year in advance. Plants are selected specifically for a particular floral exhibit and grown in the Greenhouses located at the Mitchell Park Domes. Once in place, a show may last from six to fourteen weeks. Please note that Show Dome is closed for approximately two weeks between shows to transition to the new theme.

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Rotating Exhibits / Events

  • Seasons of Legend - Spring Floral Show

    APRIL 3 - MAY 30

    This show explores how different cultures around the world used folklore to explain the changing of the seasons showcasing these 5 legends:

    'Why the trees lose their leaves' by the Cherokees

    'The Blue Corn Maiden' The Hopi tribes Origin of Spring

    'Zhulong the Candle Dragon: The Chinese Ruler of the Seasons 

    'Persephone and Demeter' The Greek Story of Spring

    Amaterasu: The Shinto Sun Goddess and Bringer of Light

    The plant selection around each section will complement the theme by coordinating the color pallet of the plants with the stories. (Dark tulips contrasting with Red ranunculus to represent the underworld and the pomegranate seeds from the story of Persephone for example)  Some stories make certain plants like the yucca (Hopi) and the pine tree (Cherokee) relevant, so those plants will be on display as well. 

    Other plants will include spring show staples such as hydrangeas, tulips, daffodills, hyacinths, stock, myosotis, azaleas, digitalis and many others in an array of different colors.

    Click here to read more about these legends. 

    Love Your Parks - Summer Floral Show

    JUNE 12 - SEPTEMBER 12

    A collection of all things that our county parks provides including picnic areas, beer gardens, trails, and golf.