Tropical oasis

   If you need an escape this winter, you don’t have to travel far. The Noelridge greenhouse offers a tropical oasis in the middle of Cedar Rapids. I usually go to the Mother’s Day and Easter weekend open houses, but would love to visit in the midst of a cold Iowa winter.  Stepping inside the greenhouse is like walking into summer.

   New this year, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a class at the greenhouse on Monday, Dec. 8. You can use pressed flowers to create greeting cards, as well as a bookmark, at the session, which runs 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 for residents or $12 for non-residents. Registration information is available at www.crrec.org

 

   Greenhouse tours also are available for groups or classes Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (319) 286-5762 in advance to schedule a tour. Cost is $2 per person, with an adult chaperone free.

 

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