Franklin Park Conservatory was the location for the Deer Creek Daisy garden club November outing.
As they say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Nov. 18 was the first day to view the winter display of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights. This year’s theme is “Gardens Aglow.” Of course anytime of the year is beautiful at the Conservatory. The Christmas display runs from Nov. 18 through Jan. 3.
If you haven’t been to the Conservatory it is well worth the trip any time of year, but is exceptionally beautiful now and really gets you in the holiday spirit. Hundreds of poinsettias were on display lining walk ways and incorporated in unusual visual displays with various foliage plants. The giant pink poinsettias tree was a favorite as well as the air plants in a Christmas tree design.
The air plants had colorful bulbs hanging from them as well. Outside, purple, green and blue lights were strung throughout evergreen trees. There were also Chihuly glass blown to look like evergreen trees and “Red Reeds” glass that reminded you of ornamental grass in the court yard. It really looked like a winter wonderland. As the ladies were strolling through the Conservatory, one member mentioned how the building seemed to have a calming effect.
An added treat to our visit was viewing the Ohio Art Leagues “Thumb Box” displays. Every year during the holiday season, their members are asked to think INSIDE the box. For over 100 years, the OAL’s annual “Thumb Box” exhibition requires artists to create unique multimedia works with only one criteria: the work cannot exceed six inches in any direction. This was very interesting to see the delightful creations by artists from across Ohio.
The Conservatory will soon be having a gingerbread baking and decoration display with this year’s theme, “Holiday Traditions.” This will surely be spectacular as well. They will be on display from Dec. 5 through Jan. 3.
There are so many activities for the whole family to participate in and see. Like Breakfast with Santa, the “Hot Shop,” featuring daily demonstrations by local professional gaffers as they gather molten glass and transform it into finished pieces of artwork, holiday ornament crafts, cookie decorating, festive holiday wreath making, and family fun from the Columbus Zoo, are just a few of the exciting events throughout the holiday season.
Dec. 1 will be the Deer Creek Daisy Christmas party hosted by Joyce Schlichter and Marty Cook. Members that were able to experience the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory were Barbara Vance, Marty Cook, Joyce Schlichter, Jeanne Miller, Emily King, and hosts Shirley Pettit and Kendra Knecht.