One thing is certain, there is competition for everything. On this hot Saturday we found ourselves at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati for the annual Daylily competition.
But first we checked out the rest of the historic conservatory.
The building is fairly small for a conservatory, however when it was opened in 1933 it was one of the best in the country. They do make great use of the space they have.
As with most conservatories, it was very colorful.
Normally when you go to a conservatory and go into the tropics areas you feel the heat and humidity, although on this day it was nearly 100 F in Cincinnati so it was actually cooler inside than out.
They had a great variety of plants.
The Daylily competition was held in the Bonsai room. Normally the bonsai trees are the center of attention, but not this day!
There was a separate competition for the centerpieces.
The colors were very vivid, with many reds and oranges not normally seen on daylillies.
While a competition, everyone there were very friendly and anxious to talk to you about growing the flowers, and encouraging you to join their club.
A beautiful start to our afternoon in Cincinnati.
Our next stop of Long Island North Shore former estates is the Planting Fields Arboretum. As with the others it was an estate for a wealthy New York City resident – William Robertson Coe. William took an easier route to wealth, he married into it.
The Coe’s were avid gardeners, hiring renown landscape artists to design the estate. In the mid 1950s it became a temporary campus for the State University of New York, but finally in the mid 1960s it became an arboretum.
One of the more interesting features is a tunnel of evergreens.
Eventually we went into the greenhouses and were met with a nice collection of flowers and plants.
We left the greenhouses and made our way over to the Italian Gardens.
Nearby is the mansion, which in keeping with the theme of the day was closed to visitors.
As we returned to the Italian Gardens we first met the ‘running of the brides’. Apparently this is a very popular place for wedding photography, and for the rest of the afternoon we were dodging brides.
We saw about 10 different wedding groups (on a Tuesday afternoon)!
Finally we left the wedding parties and moved to another greenhouse.
Our wedding day complete, we went back into the town of Oyster Bay where we were greeted with a great statue of their favorite son, Teddy Roosevelt.
The Holden Arboretum is located outside of Cleveland, offering a collection of gardens as one of the largest arboretums in America. Recently they have added a couple of features, the Canopy Walk and the Observation Tower.
The Canopy Walk allows you to observe the forest from 65′ above the ground on suspension bridges between towers.
The Observation Tower, over 100′ high, offers views above the trees, as well as Lake Erie off in the distance.
After our tree top adventure, we toured the remainder of the gardens.
Champaign County, Ohio is the home to Cedar Bog, a nature preserve created by the receding glaciers and the ground water from the Mad River. As a result there is a great deal of vegetation that is not common in Ohio. The result is a beautiful, but bug filled, boardwalk through the bog.
Spring bloom encouraged us to pay a visit to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. While not as impressive as those we have seen elsewhere, like St Louis, it was a nice way to spend a few hours.