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Blooming poinsettias are everywhere at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

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The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse in Cleveland is offering Cleveland flower lovers a wondrous sight with their free annual display of a multitude of vividly colored poinsettias and other flowering Christmas plants (like the Christmas cactus) from now through January 3, 2014.

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Rockefeller Park Greenhouse The Greenhouse display features several varieties of poinsettias (including the unique Winter Rose poinsettia which really does resemble a blooming rose) in various shades of red, pink, salmon, white, coral and burgundy in addition to variegated colors. Another unique variety of poinsettia includes some flowers with red and green leaves. The blooming poinsettias are set amid other holiday decorations like a Christmas tree and snowmen.

While at the Greenhouse be sure not to miss the other inside gardens with their collections of exotic and native plants including the room of cactus and desert landscape plants. The Greenhouse also has an extensive collection of tropical plants and orchids. Be sure to check out the room with exotic fruit trees where you can see oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, papayas and bananas growing.

A Bit of History The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse was built in 1905 and sits on part of the 270 acres donated to the city of Cleveland by industrialist John D. Rockefeller. The original purpose of the Greenhouse was to house plants and flowers to be used in the city parks.

Today the Greenhouse is home to magnificent indoor and outdoor display gardens. Visitors can stop by the Greenhouse several times a year and see something different each time as the Greenhouse has several seasonal displays which are changed every couple months.

Hours for the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Admission is always free.

For more information about the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse call 216-664-3103 or get online at www.rockefellergreenhouse.org.

The Greenhouse is located at 750 E. 88th St. in Cleveland just off the I-90 MLK Blvd. exit.

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