Sunday, November 16, 2003

Holiday display coming early

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Tracy Fryburger, staff horticulturist at Krohn Conservatory, places plants around a pond for the upcoming holiday show, "A Cincinnati Holiday."
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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WALNUT HILLS - Christmas arrives next weekend at the Krohn Conservatory.

The annual Cincinnati Holiday display opens Saturday - a week earlier than normal, but just in time for Thanksgiving visitors who have long wanted to see the Christmas display on Turkey Day.

"We're one of the few things open on Thanksgiving, and visitors have told us in the past that they'd like to see the holiday display then," manager Ruth Ann Spears said.

The annual holiday display in Eden Park features more than 1,500 poinsettias and 50 species of plants and trees, such as holly and evergreens. There also is a miniature train set that runs past miniature Cincinnati landmarks, including Union Terminal and the Mount Adams incline, made of all natural material - roofs are made of leaves and street lights are made of twigs.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

"It starting to look a lot like Christmas in there," Spears said. "It smells good, too."

The free event, now in its 70th year, draws about 50,000 people annually, Spears said.

Other holiday displays, such as Krohn's Christmas tree and live Nativity scene, will go up Dec. 5. On Dec. 6, the conservatory begins extended hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., through Dec. 30. (Christmas hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)



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