Discover the magic of being home for the holidays aboard the Cincinnati Choo Choo at Krohn Conservatory! The 2017 Holiday Show will bring you back in time to holiday festivities in the city and remind you of the best family traditions. The conservatory showroom will be filled with ruby red poinsettias, fanciful evergreens, cyclamen, amaryllis, and more of your favorite holiday plants. Delightful botanical architecture surrounded by many miles of train track will be created in natural components by the Applied Imagination team. The train display and historical buildings created by Applied Imagination will immerse our visitors in the sights and sounds of chugging trains and splashing water, with trains overhead and trolleys at your feet. Bring the family to Krohn Conservatory and continue to make great holiday memories!
The traditional large evergreen tree donated by Dixie View Nursery will be decorated by the wonderful Krohn Crafters with handmade natural ornaments and ready for viewing on December 1.
Fantastic Train and Historical Botanical Architecture
Entirely unique to the world of Garden Railways, Applied Imagination’s installations have been garnering a nationwide reputation for almost three decades, delighting audiences through their inventive use of plant materials in artistic representations of historic architecture and whimsical creations. Our holiday display will be decorated with “Botanical Architecture” made from colorful gourds, seed pods, and various natural elements used to represent animals, buildings and bridges; all constructed with locally gathered willow and other natural materials.
Visitors will enjoy replicas of the impressive Roebling Bridge, Smale Park Carousel Animals, a cascading waterfall, and iconic Cincinnati buildings including; the Taft Birthplace, Union Terminal, and the Ault Park Pavilion. Furthermore, the Fern room will feature a display called “Who Lives Here”. These whimsical Critter Homes were designed by Applied Imagination and they will sit amongst three different train tracks in the central bed of the room, delighting children of all ages. Stop by our visitors’ center to pick up a booklet of poems by Laura Busse Dolan that will help you guess “Who Lives Here”.
The Schmalz Family Display
The Schmalz Family Village display was inspired by childhood holiday spirit. Starting in the 1960’s, Larry Schmalz and his wife Diana began by acquiring motionettes and decorations. These moving display characters were originally displayed in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s in window displays around downtown Cincinnati in retail shops such as Dodd’s Jewelers, Shillito’s and Pogues; the very same stores Larry window shopped as a child. Soon after, their two car garage began to transition into what the family knows as “The Christmas Room”. “The Christmas Room” grew over the years to include a collection of Santa music boxes, a twelve foot tree, a holiday train and mountain scene, and the Caroler Village—modeled after the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. After the passing of Larry Schmalz, the family offered the display to Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory as a donation so that the community can share in the spirit of the season, just as their family had.