Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Fairies Are Present–Krohn Conservatory

The winter here in SW Ohio seemed to be put on hold for a while last week.  So Saturday, we headed to the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The sun was shining and the main garden theme highlighted spring even though we are still in the midst of winter.  I cannot begin to express my delight at the color, and the aromas of the blooming plants. Let me show you a little of this delightful exhibit which runs through April 7 called An Enchanted Forest.

The show’s designers are Josh Hill, horticulturist at the Krohn, John DeVore of DeVore’s Land and Water Gardens, and Lee Baker DeVore, a local artist who created the little houses. The rolling hills representing a spring woodland was remarkable.  And the little fairy houses were enchanting.  The hillside was made so real by the 22 tons of sandstone boulders the creators brought into the conservatory.


As you can see, the tulips and hyacinths were showing there colors and drenching the room with luxurious aromas, and the tiny ferns, and ivy are tucked into the crevices of the logs and rocks.



These Fairy cottages have a waterfront view.


Fairies love tulips.  They use them as cradles for the ‘wee ones’ to sleep.




Blue flowers in a fairy garden represent intrigue and fantasy, serenity, and secret intuition.

The woodland garden is just beginning to come alive from the winter cold.

Fairies have a peaceful setting along this babbling brook.


The designers have made this woodland space authentic and so beautiful.




Fairies use pansies in love potions.  And human should never pick a pansy if it has dew on it – dire consequences are to be expected!



A lovely detail on this fairy house.  The lucky fairy, this one!


From the tiny ferns, to the little ivy climbing over the rocks, this woodland garden is magical. And I might have seen a twinkle of fairy dust just out of the corner of my eye.  


Angie said...

Just look at those pictures - I want to be a fairy :)
What a riot of colour - it certainly warmed me up.

Jason said...

Thank you for the tour, I love the early taste of spring! That is a really lovely conservatory.

dorothy said...

What creative fairies. I love their little houses! And they chose perfect sites for their homes! Thanks for sharing.

Claudia Fugate said...

Thanks for visiting - the fairies love believers - although, I'm told, they love mischief more!

Claudia Fugate said...

Dear Claudia, Thank you for your delightful and enthusiastic review of the installation at Krohn done by John DeVore and myself, and planted by Josh and helpers. I am thrilled that you found it so inspiring, and the little houses so fun. I appreciate your entering into the wonderful imaginative world we all worked to create, and sharing your pleasure with all your followers. Sincerely, Lee Baker DeVore (the Elf Herself)

Lona said...

Oh Claudia how beautiful everything looks and so cute! I am so starved for color. LOL! I even missed the Garden Show this year so I feel so deprived. :) Thanks for bringing some color into my day.