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the Cincinnati enquirer SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1991 SECTION C EDITOR: SARA PEARCE, 369-1011 Peggy Lane Gardening l.Ir." 11-: J' Ha UIElmP - : I J L MOehopsto ff ... , , ,, Sevan Caves WSep Mound A krf"-- showcase id's Wsr-?cl Serpent Mound St. Mem.!i) y J cSnnati Y locust Grove p -"- tancy colors vXmm shameeStPk.) Ohio i e00 I 1 m m w f i. ' i ".' tj 1, e . rf a -f . 1 vfl BY BETSA MARSH Enquirer Contributor Days decrease, And autumn grows, autumn in everything. Robert Browning With its clarified air and radiant treetops, sometimes the season demands that we give ourselves over to the ascendancy of autumn. Then, it's time to anoint a day for autumn adventure and banish the mundane to pick out a roadside pumpkin rather than a supermarket cantaloupe. To stare at harvest fields rather than a computer screen. To head into the country rather than to a meeting. Some of these autumnal idylls are within a few hours' drive of the Interstate 275 beltway, while others are a leisurely day's excursion. Dawn Harris, manager of auto travel at AAA Cincinnati, has helped chart a series of scenic loops, plotted for maximum fall color and atmosphere, into the Tristate. Ohio Leaf peepers can combine prehistory with a blazing autumnal palette when they head east during the peak second and third weeks of October. This rural route clocks about 228 miles on the odometer. Take U.S. 50 to Hillsboro, then Ohio Route 73 to Serpent Mound State Memorial, the largest snake effigy earthworks in America. Built of stone and yellow clay between .900 B.C. and 1300 A.D., the huge serpent curls for 1,335 feet. View the the snake and the brilliant countryside from the park's observation tower, then picnic and hike the scenic gorge. During October, the park is open weekends only. Picking up Ohio Route 41 in Locus Grove, drive north past Fort Hill State Memorial a hilltop earth-and-stone enclosure that the Hopewell Indians may have built to Seven Caves near (Please see FOLIAGE, Page C-4) , - ' " h A " Rose show a perennial favorite Just about every gardener has at least one rosebush in the yard. And that's part of the reason the Cincinnati Rose Society's annual rose show is always a hit. It doesn't matter whether you grow roses, whether you know a Peace rose from a Gene Boerner, or simply love all roses, it's a show that several thousand people enjoy each year. The show includes a wide assortment of miniature roses and flower arrangements. It's a perfect opportunity to check out some of the newer rose varieties that grow well in this area. And you can get answers to rose-growing questions from consulting rosarians at the show. The free 46th annual rose show runs 1-5 p.m. Sunday in the lower level Centre Court area of Kenwood Towne Centre. Orchids popular Another flower that invariably attracts attention is the orchid. Watch the crowd at an orchid show, and you'll find many visitors amazed when they see the tremendous bloom varieties within the orchid family. They range from the popular cattleya, or typical florist's orchid, to the delicate sprays on the phalaenopsis, or moth orchid. Some blooms are so tiny you almost need a magnifying glass to see their details. Both types can be grown on the windowsill, says Larry Sanford, a member of the Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society. (Cattleyas need more sun, so they should get some southern exposure. Phalaenopsis will flower if given the exposure of an east-facing window, he says.) But growing orchids under lights specifically high-intensity discharge lights, which are more efficient than fluorescents is the newest technique, he says. One 250-watt, high-intensity light will cover a 3-by-3-foot growing area enough space for about 30 cattleyas. The cost is about $7 a month, says Sanford, who is gradually weeding out his 2,000 orchids to get down to "600 tc 800 really good, quality show plants." Anyone interested in orchids should visit the Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society's fall show at Northgate Mall. It's free and open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 5 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6. In addition to seeing thousands of strikingly handsome blooms, 11 vendors at the show will have everything from seedlings ($5-$7) to mature plants ($25 and up). For the beginner, Sanford recommends buying a mature plant because it will soon be in bloom, while a seedling might take five years to bloom. African theme at Krohn This year's fall chrysanthemum show at Krohn Conservatory has a new twist: an African theme with patterns and designs using rust, bronze, burgundy and gold mums mixed with African grasses, foliage and flowers. The show is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 17, except Wednesdays when Krohn stays open until 9 p.m. for its Hot House Horticulture series. Hot House Horticulture discussions Oct. 23 through Nov. 13 will focus on Africa. In connection with the African theme, Krohn and the Cincinnati Park Board staff offer a series of African craftmaking classes for children, ages 5 and up. Crafts include maskmaking. Classes will run 1 1 a.m.-l p.m. for seven weeks, beginning Oct. 5. They will be on a first-come, first-served basis. It's $1 charge per child or $1 a mask. Classes will be held in the Krohn . Conservatory lobby. Information: 352-4080 and 352-4090. At.." 9 5 i) .a V 1 tJ AC If you go.... Travel hot lines and parks can advise on foliage changes, special events and park reservations: For Indiana information: Leaf hot line, 31 7-232-4002; . Indiana state parks, . 317-232-4124. For Kentucky information: Kentucky Department of Travel Development, 800-Z25-TRIP; v'Nlgjif Cincinnati I j V Kentucky state parKs, 800-255-PARK (TDD equipped).. For Ohio information: Ohio state parks, 614-265-7000 or 800-BUCKEYE. People with a hearing impairment can call the toll-free TDD, 800-855-1 1 55. 1 Ohio state park lodges reservation, 800-AT-A-PARK. I j ' I The Cincinnati EnquirerMaps and Photo by Elmer Wetenkamp F 1 I KENTUCKY 1 I 7 ifOUSiville M i Brookville XsSb todstown Lrrinjt- ' Ha; i ) ySt c-tuckvr PerryvilleHistoricy ) Natural Bridge St. Pk.) JJCarrollton ' I INDIANA i 1 . i , 'i V L lil 1 The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Keating Larry Sanford's greenhouse contains about 2,000 orchids. - - - - -- - . .