Winter Celebration in full swing at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Staff report


Through Jan. 5, the Davis Education and Visitor Center in Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., will be adorned with some of the finest floral displays in the Mahoning Valley for the annual Winter Celebration.

The 2013 theme is “A Garden Conservatory” and can be experienced from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Mondays.

Upon entering, guests will be greeted by an outdoor setting with evergreen trees, “snow” and plants. Ivy plants, kissing balls and decorative globes will be hung from the ceiling. An indoor gazebo will feature ivy plants, an 8-foot live poinsettia tree and an indoor fountain.

A Children’s Greenhouse will allow guests to see, feel and touch the many plants and learn about the important role that plants play in our daily lives. More than 45 holiday trees will grace the center’s lower level, each with its own motif. All the trees were decorated by local nonprofit organizations and reflect their service and mission.

The Weller Gallery exhibit will showcase the work of James Michael and Company with exquisite hand-blown glass of all shapes and sizes.

The Antonucci Horticulture Library will display a tree decorated with handmade clothing and accessories provided by Mill Creek’s Loose Knit Group. All the knitted decorations will be donated.

Holiday finery, home decor, local cards, MetroParks images and books, merchandise by artist Gary Bukovnik and winter-blooming bulbs will be available for purchase in the Shop In The Gardens.

Fellows will bring holiday spirit outdoors during its Winter Nights Celebrations from 5 to 7 p.m. next Sunday and Dec. 22.

During the celebration, visitors can stroll outdoors and see a light display and illuminated paths.

The Garden Cafe will serve dinner, provided by The Georgetown, during the Winter Nights events. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Call 330-740-7074 for details.

The visitor center will be open Dec. 24, 30 and 31, but closed Dec. 23, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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