Wednesday, May 03, 2000

Flower Show goes beyond blooms with kids, sports displays

By Mike Pulfer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Flower Show launches its second decade today with even more elements to attract kids and sports fans and others outside the flower-freak category.

[photo] John Angelo and Maeve Schulz prepare for the Garden Show.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Last year's life-size football players are this year's baseball players, eight of them, covered in plants and flowers. This time, they have real faces: those of Bob Bescher, Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Tony Perez, Eppa Rixey, Frank Robinson, Edd Roush and Johnny Vander Meer.

        For coaxing kids, there's a potato excess at the front end of the show's main tent, where you'll find spuds spray-painted and Pringle-ized, under a swooping 14-foot cardinal built by artist Ray Byers from, naturally, Pringles cans. In the “Pringles Dream Garden,” there are pots and wheelbarrows full of Pringles; purple Pringles and orange Pringles to imitate fall leaves. The plot is brightly accented with a checkerboard arrangement of green and yellow square patio stones.

  • What: Cincinnati Flower Show, exhibits and floral displays expected to attract 50,000 visitors.
  • When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today-Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Where: Ault Park in Mount Lookout.
  • Tickets: $11, children $3.
  • Information: 872-9555;
        The less commercial spaces of the garden, designed by Menelaos Triantafillou, are occupied by silver painted Idahoes, a “pond” of broken glass and a “stream” of plastic drop cloths. Plastic lids imitate lily pads.

        Alice is upside down with a skirt full of flowers at Delhi Flower and Garden Center's “Rabbit Tales & Tea Parties — Reflections of Wonderland.”

        “We tried to tell most of the story without getting too much into the more bizarre aspects,” coordinator Tim Young says.

        On the more sophisticated end of the spectrum, Delhi designed a lush rose garden packed with multiple varieties and colors in full bloom.

        This year's Cincinnati Flower Show, running through Sunday at Ault Park in Mount Lookout, features a glass-enclosed orchid exhibit in a back corner of the main tent.

        Outside, on the container-garden strip on the upper level, you'll find “Just Another Bloomin' Construction Delay,” in which Rae Jean Carroll weds flowers with the faded orange of traffic cones, a striped barrel and a barricade.

        In the “international” competition, Karin Haupstein arranged a golf bag, clubs and shoes in “Fore for Scotland.”


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