February 2018

Toy trains lead way to holidays at Garfield Park

Conservatory Crossing — G-scale trains wind through Christmas villages at Garfield Park. (Photo courtesy Garfield Park)

For a traditional holiday flavor, visit Conservatory Crossing at Garfield Park, a land of Christmas villages, G-scale toy trains, music and 700 poinsettias. This is the second year for Conservatory Crossing, brought to Indy Parks through the support of the Indiana Rail Road Company.

Dec. 13, Santa Claus will be at the conservatory from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for Holiday Family Day with free admission. For a fee, you can get your picture taken with Santa. At Garfield’s Burrello Family Center, Mrs. Claus is working on holiday crafts.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, it’s Candelight Crossing, a reception with food and drinks. Individual admission is $5; $15 for families. Reservations are required. Please call (317) 327-7580.

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Practical gifts top gardener’s holiday wish list

West County Landscape Gloves (Photo courtesy West County Gloves)

West County Landscape Gloves (Photo courtesy West County Gloves)

With the shopping season upon us, some may be looking for gift ideas for gardeners. I think gardeners are easy to buy for. A gift card to a local garden center, for instance, can be used in spring for a new plant, tool, pot, load of compost or whatever else the recipient might want.

Although gloves may be considered too practical for a gift, there are a couple on the market that are fabulous. I never used to wear gloves when I gardened and now I wear them about all the time unless I’m planting very small plants.

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