A Cincinnati Scenic Railway

November 16, 2013 - January 5, 2014 

Adults - $7, Children - $4, Children 4 and under are FREE.


About the Show:

Floral Show Horticultural Delights

The show features many iconic Cincinnati landmarks such as the Taft Museum, Union Terminal, the Eden Park Spring House and new this year, the Tyler Davidson Fountain as well as a riverboat with real smoking stacks!  Natural components such as pine cones, nuts, bark, sticks and moss are used by the Applied Imagination team to construct all of the houses, train tracks and trestles.  These striking buildings are surrounded by red pointsettias, white edged spider plants, purple persian shield, spicy rosemary, and lovely amarylis to create a delightful experience for all the senses.

A Cincinnati Scenic Railway celebrates the rich history of the beautiful Queen City and its 7 hills which embraces a rich history of architecture, parks, food, music, and culture.  The diversity found in the river city forms the backbone of Cincinnati and has contributed to its continued splendor and success.  Enjoy and share the tradition of The Cincinnati Park Board’s Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show with friends and family!

The show designer is Bethany Butler, a Krohn Florist who graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in botany and a minor in horticulture. Ms. Butler has worked for The Cincinnati Park Board for five years and is responsible for designing many of the floral shows.

Fantastic Train and Historical Botanical Architecture:

Applied Imagination is unique in the world of garden railway displays.  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.  The “botanical architecture” of bridges and historical buildings, including the new Roebling Bridge, are all constructed of locally gathered willow and other natural materials. The Krohn Conservatory invites you to try the new interactive  section of the  displays, where the family can take the conductors seat and run a train, turn on and off building lights, and operate railroad crossings!  The whole family will this enjoy this addition!


New This Year:

The Schmalz Family Holiday Village

In addition, a new display of vintage holiday decorations given to the Krohn this year by the Schmalz Family will bring back fond memories of holidays past for some, and are sure to brighten the eyes of the little ones.  This amazing collection will be displayed throughout Krohn and includes "Motionettes" (moving characters) that were feature in the windows of Shillito's and Pogues years ago and delighted generations during the holiday season and much more!

Special Events (all included in the price of admission)

Going Green for the Holidays 

Saturday, November 23, 2013 • 10 am - 3 pm

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn how to make various handmade crafts, sample local foods made by area green businesses, learn about healthy holiday options, and plant a friendship plant at the Friends of Krohn membership space. Craft tables, food demos, and vendors.


(Going Green Sponsored by: Flourish Sustainable Landscapes, Whole Foods, and Meghan Fronduti Tower Garden Independent Distributor) 


Santa Visits Krohn 

Sundays, December 8 and 15 from 1-3 pm

Thursdays, December 12 and 19 from 5-7 pm


LIVE Crib of Nativity  (Sponsored by Western & Southern) 

Saturday, December 14 - Friday, January 3, 2014  • Daily 9am-9 pm

Mary, the Christmas Lamb will again be part of the Nativity for the 3rd year since being born on Christmas Eve at the Nativity in 2011.


Krohn by Candlelight

Thursdays, December 12 and 19 • 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm • Music 6-7 pm

Enjoy the beauty of the Krohn exhibit by the glow of the holiday luminaries.

Viltrakis Photography will be taking free holiday photos.

Holiday craft making will be available for the children.

Dec. 12 music provided by Peraza Music Studios. (Violin and cello ensemble)

Dec. 19 music provided by the Florence United Methodist Church Handbell Ensemble.


Dulcimer Performance

Thursday, December 26  • 1-3 pm

Sponsored Cincinnati Dulcimer Society


End of Show Sale

Tuesday, January 7, 2014  

Begins at 10 am 

Presenting Sponsor

Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control

Supporting Sponsors

Cincinnati Parks Foundation

Friends of Krohn

The Ahrens Family Foundation

Community Sponsors

Esquire, Mariemont, and Kenwood Theatres

Flourish Sustainable Landscapes & Interiors Design

John Nieman Nursery

Kessler Photography

Meghan Fronduti Tower Garden Independent Distributor.

Charles Shor

Viltrakis Photography

Whole Foods

Special Thanks

Krohn Craft Guild


Garden Girl Creative

Skyline Chili (in Walnut Hills)

Mount Adams Business Community

Self Sustaining Enterprises


Show Hours

Daily 10a.m. - 5p.m.

            Special Evening Hours on Thursdays December 12 and 19   (5-7:30PM)

Admission: Adults $7.00 Children  $4.00 (4 and under free)

Krohn Conservatory   (513) 421-5707

Reasonable accommodation upon request

Friends of Krohn

Membership in the Friends of Krohn has many great benefits.  Not only can you help support our unique facility, but as a member, you can also save 10% in our gift shop and receive free admission to Krohn throughout the year. In addition, Friends of Krohn will be invited to special preview sales and events. The membership will allow you to shop before the public at our End of Show Sales.

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