Krohn Turns 88 This Year!

Greenhouse in Eden Park early 1880-1900s

Krohn Turns 88 This Year!

Greenhouses have been part of the Eden Park landscape since the 1880s. The first Eden Park greenhouses were used strictly for growing plants, and in 1902, a new greenhouse—one designed for public displays—was opened. . In the first two years that the greenhouse was open, more than 300,000 people visited.

In 1930, the Park Board decided to replace the old buildings with a modern greenhouse conservatory. The new building, designed in the Art Deco style, opened on March 26, 1933. On April 30, 1937, the Board officially named the new conservatory the Irwin M. Krohn Conservatory, in honor of Irwin Krohn’s 25 years of service on the Board of Park Commissioners.

Since its construction, the building has undergone many improvements in order to house more displays, serve visitors better, and be more accessible. In 1939, an addition was built to hold the Desert House, where different types of cacti, succulents, and blooming desert plants grow. In the 1970s, the gift shop was built, and the entrance to the building was enlarged. In 1995, the Bonsai display was opened, thanks to the generosity of the Bonsai Society of Greater Cincinnati. Krohn was renovated again in 2004, and an addition was built for the Orchid House, which provides a naturalistic setting for many different varieties of orchids.

Today Krohn Conservatory houses a collection of more than 1,000 different species of plants in six permanent display areas. The Tropical House and Palm House are like mini rainforests, with ferns, palm trees, vines, and a 20-foot waterfall. The Floral Display House has a collection of citrus trees and changing seasonal exhibits, and in the Bonsai Collection are beautiful tiny trees. The Orchid House displays many species of orchids in perfect bloom. Krohn offers educational programs and floral displays and hosts plant societies and special events throughout the year. It remains a popular rental venue for weddings, business meetings, and parties, and its spectacular annual shows have become Cincinnati traditions.