Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory reopens in May with ‘Butterflies of Bali’
Photo: provided by Krohn ConservatoryLast spring, Eden Park’s Krohn Conservatory launched its annual spring butterfly show Bali butterflies, but due to the growing pandemic, the show was eventually brought to a halt.
Over the summer and fall, the greenhouse switched between open and closed to the public, eventually closing for an extended period around Thanksgiving when cases of COVID-19 began to increase.
But now, several long months later, Krohn has announced its reopening in May, welcoming people back to the conservatory with its 25th Butterfly Show and the reboot of its Bali butterflies show, which Mark House, director of the Krohn Conservatory, describes as “unbelievably beautiful”.
“It’s because we had a really good dry run last year,” says House. CityBeat, giggling. “We practiced it, so it’s really cool. We tweaked it and made some improvements. And we have some wonderful things planned for the future.”
Bali butterflies will feature 120,000 floating butterflies and take inspiration from the country’s vibrant forests, rice paddies, beautiful beaches and lakes.
Because the show will be running at a reduced capacity, it will be twice as long this year, from May 8 to September 26 to accommodate all of its potential guests. The conservatory has also extended the opening hours of the event beyond its typical 5 p.m. closure, welcoming guests from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. House says they’ll only let in 40 visitors per hour, making it a relatively unique and intimate experience with the show.
Tickets must be reserved and purchased online before attending the show. Tickets are $ 10 for adults, $ 7 for guests ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under.
During the conservatory’s closure, Krohn began selling the plants that would typically premiere in his seasonal shows with a weekly series. The plant sales have been so successful that they will create an online sales platform for the greenhouse gift shop – which will include live plants.
For more information visit cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.