Krohn Conservatory Winter Escape
Winter in Cincinnati, Ohio is grey and often very cold. So when wintertime boredom hits our house, its time to head to the Jungle, and I’m not talking about the Bengals. The jungle I’m referring to is inside Krohn Conservatory located in Eden Park atop Mount Adams. This beautiful old conservatory was built in 1933 and houses not only our local tropical rainforest and a colorful orchid collection, but it also contains an arid desert, a greenhouse filled with seasonal displays and our local Bonsai enthusiast’s work showcased there.The Krohn hosts exhibits throughout the year. The popular butterfly show, which begins in April 2015 and will spotlight the Butterflies of the Philippines, is a yearly treat. But I love escaping the cold of January on a relaxing winter tour of Krohn. Beginning on January 17th, a new show titled “Falling Water Gardens: A modern work of nature” opens (Tues. to Sun. from 10-5). The display is based upon the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Explorers have another reason to visit. It is a great place to discover something new. Even after the numerous treks I’ve made through the gardens, I always find an interesting botany lesson in bloom. Children find the Krohn Conservatory an adventure. It gives them a chance to wonder who eats the oranges and bananas grown on the trees there, to look for the ladybugs who help the gardeners, and consider how does chocolate come from the Cacao pod. And of course, there is a waterfall and a cave and what child (or adult) doesn’t love that! The staff the Conservatory have a wealth of knowledge to share about the plants grown at the conservatory and also the workings behind the operation.
So when the temperature drops and the sky turns bleak in Cincinnati, the Krohn Conservatory is the place to go. But one word of warning – at this time of year when you visit, you may find it very hard to leave!