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Winter Fire Colors Heat Up the Mediterranean Conservatory


Get out of the cold at the year's first indoor flower show.

Winter Fire Colors Heat Up the Mediterranean Conservatory

Winter Fire Colors features hundreds of colorful anthuriums. Photo by Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark.

January 17, 2013

Visit the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden for a jolt of color in the dead of winter. From January 19 through February 24, the annual Winter Fire Colors Flower Show is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Mediterranean Conservatory.

For the next five weeks, the Mediterranean Conservatory will house 300 anthuriums in orange, pink and red. Fiery hues will spice things up, while unusual frilly cyclamens kindle cheer at the Botanic Garden, despite the gray skies. Set your winter-weary eyes on beautiful blooming flowers, a hundred flourishing ferns and lush greenery at this indoor flower show.

"The last few weeks have been frigid, and we invite visitors to shake off the cold in the Conservatory and take in the vibrant blooms," said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. "Although we enjoy the occasional dusting of snow and brisk days, we are excited to offer guests a beautiful and warm indoor space to brighten these winter days."

Often associated with a tropical climate, anthuriums are native to the tropics of Mexico down to northern Argentina and Uruguay. In Greek, anthurium means "tail flower," a reference to the spadix, or long spike, flaring straight up the center. Anthuriums are grown for their ornamental leaves and brightly colored, heart-shaped flower spathes, which are actually modified leaves rather than flowers.

During Half-Price Weekend on Jan. 19 and 20, guests can buy discounted tickets to the Aquarium/Botanic Garden or Zoo at the gate. The Winter Fire Colors Show is included with regular admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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