Olcott Park Greenhouse

Address

9th Ave. W. and 7th St. N. Virginia, MN 55792

Directions

On north side of town, in Olcott Park, next to the Heritage Museum.

Phone Number

218-741-2149

Run by

Municipality of Virginia, Minnesota

Date Established

1930's

Designer

Built by Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC)

Size

40 acres (Olcott Park) 45,000 sq.ft.(greenhouse)

Cost

No admission fee

Peak Season

Winter

Peak season (notes)

Greenhouse – Year-round

Region

Northern

Garden Type

Glass House and Conservatory

Extras

Free street parking and within the park 
Picnicking in Olcott Park

Comments

This greenhouse dates from an era when the Iron Range, the town of Virginia and its Olcott Park were in their prime. The park boasted many floral displays with elaborate carpet-bedding designs made up of numbers, words and symbols, all created out of plantings of flowering annuals. The three-room greenhouse that supported all that activity remains and now supplies plants for somewhat more modest plantings in Olcott Park and other municipal sites. The two smaller side rooms of the greenhouse are the non-public propagating / working rooms, but the larger central room with over 4,500 square feet contains an impressive, extensive and beautiful collection of exotic plants for the public to enjoy. It’s the only greenhouse with these sorts of treasures between the Iron Range and the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The plants range in size from small specimens to mature grapefruit trees bearing fruit. There are very well maintained collections of cactus and succulents, large agave, ficus and screw pine specimens. Most plants are labeled.

Olcott Park Greenhouse
Olcott Park Greenhouse
Olcott Park Greenhouse
Olcott Park Greenhouse