There Are Dinosaurs—Yes, Dinosaurs—at Krohn Conservatory

Step back in time a few millennia at Krohn’s summer show, where you’ll encounter fantastic beasts.
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Photograph by Sarah McCosham

Krohn Conservatory is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. It’s always a treat to wander through the rainforest and desert landscapes within this Queen City institution; for me, Krohn Conservatory is a surefire cure for winter blues or even a case of the Mondays (as long as it’s after 3 p.m.—Krohn has modified hours on everybody’s least favorite day of the week).

For the most part, my kids share my exuberance for the conservatory; they’ve visited literally dozens of times in their young lives. Their excitement admittedly varies depending on the day or what’s happening in the exhibition room; and sometimes, this results in abbreviated visits or a change of plans altogether.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

But you know what would catch their attention, every time? What would have them loading into the family minivan with unprecedented speed and enthusiasm? Dinosaurs. Because really, what kid (or adult) doesn’t love dinosaurs? I can tell you, as the proud owner of a dinosaur (OK, Atlas is a bearded dragon, but definitely as cool as any dino), that these prehistoric creatures are awesome. So when I heard about First Flowers featuring Dinosaurs, Krohn Conservatory’s summer show, well, let me say that all of the McCoshams were excited to check it out.

First Flowers runs through Oct. 22, 2023, and it’s the kind of art-meets-plants experience in which Krohn specializes. This show has the exhibition room filled with larger-than-life dinosaurs; man-made botanical sculptures of a tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, pterosaur, and more. Those who visit Krohn’s annual holiday train show will recognize Applied Imagination’s signature branch-bending, naturally constructed pieces, and the local company’s artisans have really outdone themselves with this season’s show.

Photograph by Sarah McCosham

The opportunity to walk among creatures that roamed the planet long ago, in an environment filled with prehistoric plants like cycads, horsetails, and ginkgo trees, is one you absolutely shouldn’t pass up. It will have you marveling at the wide, wonderful world in which we live, and the flora and fauna with whom we share the earth.

Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park

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