Krohn Conservatory’s Exhibit Gives Back

The Krohn Conservatory is typically a festive place; the surplus of plants and nature are cause for celebration. The holidays are no exception. The “Trains, Trestles, and Tradition” exhibit at the Conservatory is bringing Cincinnatians back to their roots: both in plant life and in the city.

Renowned for its butterfly show, this holiday, the conservatory is featuring a train track that encompasses the entire space.  But in an exciting twist, the display also features replicas of Cincinnati landmarks: all to-scale, all recognizable, and made entirely from plants, twigs, berries, and miscellaneous woodland finds.

“The holidays are very tradition-based for a lot of our visitors,” says General Manager Andrea Schepmann. A lifelong resident of Cincinnati and an employee of the Parks Department for 26 years, she is thrilled with the exhibit.

On Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors can look at a replica of Union Terminal, settled amongst copious Pointsettia plants while enjoying snacks, cider, and make-your-own crafts.  The Pearl Girls, a group of retired women who are finding their own way to give back to Krohn, sell baked goods.

“This season is very family-oriented,” Schepmann says. ”The events reflect that. For children, these Wednesday evenings feature coloring, crafts, and on some weekends, a special guest will make an appearance; next up is an origami specialist.  For adults, the horticulture is spectacular, and a video about the making of the figures is also featured.  

The Krohn gift shop is also open, and the Parks Department benefits directly from sales. “It all goes back to the parks,” Schepmann says.  The same can be said for proceeds from Trains, Trestles, and Tradition. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children.  Unlimited access pins are also available for $10. All of the proceeds directly benefit Krohn.

“By coming and paying admission, you’re supporting Cincinnati Parks and supporting us [Krohn] specifically by allowing us to keep doing cool things,” Schepmann says.  

Any funds raised also contribute to the conservatory’s scholarship fund.  The fund provides money for in-need school groups to come visit Krohn.  

The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and remains open Wednesdays until 7:30 p.m.  

Do Good:

Attend: the “Trains, Trestles, and Tradition” exhibit and help support Krohn Conservatory

Volunteer: at Krohn, or any other park in the Cincinnati Parks network.

Donate: and support Cincinnati parks. You can even purchase a bench or tree to be placed in a park.

By Gina Gaetano

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