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The First Greenhouses: From Europe to America

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Krohn Conservatory

1501 Eden Park Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Spend an afternoon in February fondly anticipating warmer weather by exploring the history of conservatories. During Victorian times, greenhouses were almost de rigueur for Gilded Age mansions. Yet, their origins go further back in history. Louis XIV created the King’s Kitchen Garden in Versailles and George Washington, wishing to serve his guest pineapple, built a greenhouse at Mount Vernon. Queen Victoria’s husband, the often-underappreciated Prince Albert, started World’s Fairs by having the fabled conservatory, the Crystal Palace in London built.

In this class, you will explore the history of this technological wonder and greenhouses today. Since the English often referred to their greenhouses as “conservatories,” it is fitting that we include a personal tour of Cincinnati’s version of the Crystal Palace, Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park. Then, we will visit a local Victorian home with a still-in-use conservatory.

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Frank Farmer Loomis is an accomplished writer and media personality. His first book, "Is It Antique Yet?" is a historical education on antiques, while his second, "You Can Afford Antiques!", covers styles with a twist. Frank was an antiques columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer from 1987 to 1995, a columnist for Cincinnati Magazine from 1993 to 1995, and a syndicated columnist for Cox Newspapers as well Art & Antiques Magazine. Nationally, he was an appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow on PBS from 1997-1998, and hosted, wrote, and co-produced of PBS' TV series Is It Antique Yet?(1986-1991). You can currently listen to him every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. on Public Radio WMKV 89.3 FM.

With all the hoopla these days about expensive antiques, Frank Farmer Loomis proudly admits to being a tight fisted collector who willingly shares his secrets for getting more antique dash for less cash. When doing an "Antiques Roadshow" type presentation his mission is to hold the spectator's interest, whether a beginner or experienced antiquer. A good time is guaranteed for all, while each member of the audience learns not only the value of pieces, but also appreciation for style, beauty, and the tranquility antiques give us.

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