Sunday, September 14, 2003

Krohn's all abloom as conservatory reopens

By Maggie Downs
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Krohn visitors Sue Ellen and Andy Raut check the digital photo they'd just taken of son Cameron, 5 months, inside the Palm House Saturday.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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New things have taken root at Krohn Conservatory since it closed June 23.

Reglazed ceilings. Fresh paint jobs. Pruning, pruning, pruning.

The result: The Eden Park building has more flower power than before. This is the latest phase of the 70-year-old conservatory's $2 million, four-year expansion and renovation, which includes new safety glass in the cactus house and an improved orchid display area.

On Saturday, Krohn opened again to visitors and kicked off the Fall Floral Show.

"A lot of people have been anticipating the reopening," said horticulturist Mark House, 36, of Clifton. "We've done a lot of new construction, cleaned a lot and spruced up the place. Now people can enjoy it again."

The Fall Floral Show - called "Celebrating 200 years of Ohio History" - features of a number of artistic touches among the flowers and foliage, including a barn painting by Ohio's Bicentennial Barns artist Scott Hagan. Plants in the display include chrysanthemums, asters, dahlias and coleus.

"It's always fun to let creativity go for the floral displays," said recreation specialist Michael Frankenhoff, 24, of Pleasant Ridge. "And for this fall show, there are a lot of extra props and pieces of art coming in to celebrate Ohio history.

"It's neat to see this tie in to other celebrations I've seen throughout the state."

The conservatory is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.


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