Halloween may be over, but you can still get a dose of spooky at the Seymour Conservatory this week. Through November 6th, the conservatory has a special display of, “Spooky plants.” As always, it’s a beautiful place, and you wouldn’t know the plants were spooky without the little signs in front of them.
It’s an interesting variety-some of them have obvious spiky needles; others have beautiful blooms that can make deadly poison. My 8 year old is heavily into Harry Potter, and he thought the whole thing was pretty cool. If you’ve been wondering what kind of garden display appeals to little boys, here’s your answer!
Younger kids will probably be less interested, but the conservatory is always a good outing anyway-it’s warm, they can feed the koi (ask for food in the gift shop-do be warned that sometimes they’re out), and there is a little selection of books to enjoy. Plus, when you’re done, everyone can burn off some steam on the playground (the conservatory is in Wright Park). I would not take anyone still in the plant picking stage, and I wouldn’t try to do it with a stroller. It’s free, though a donation is suggested. I’ve never seen anyone give you looks if you don’t leave one, but it’s a nice thing to do if you can swing it.
On the 9th of this month, the conservatory has one of its monthly story hours for preschoolers. I’ve heard these have been excellent. I’ll include it in my weekly list, or you can check out the flyer here. There is a link to click for a full size version.
For more on an outing to the conservatory you can read my post here.