The public can take a winter stroll and see live animals at the Park City Nursery |

The public can take a winter stroll and see live animals at the Park City Nursery

Merlin the camel is displayed at the Park City Nursery's December Garden Stroll Saturday afternoon, December 2, 2017. The event also featured sheep, pigmy goats and other animals for petting as well as Christmas trees and decorations for purchase. (Tanzi Propst/Park Record)
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What: Winter Garden Stroll with Live Manger

When: 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8

Where: Park City Nursery, 4459 N. S.R. 224

Cost: Free


Sophy Kohler, owner of Park City Nursery, wants to celebrate the holidays with the surrounding community.

That’s why she started a Winter Garden Stroll last year. The winter stroll, which is part of the nursery’s year-round garden stroll series that is held the second Saturday of the month, features live manger animals — camels, llamas, sheep and donkeys, according to Kohler.

“We wanted to do something that isn’t offered in Park City,” she said. “You can already go meet Santa Claus in many different places, and there are a few holiday markets, so we thought a live manger would be something different.”

This year’s Winter Garden Stroll will run from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the nursery, located at 4459 N. S.R. 224. The event is free.

“When we plan the monthly garden stroll we try to find a seasonal way to celebrate — whether it is during peak gardening weather in July or the harvest in August and September,” Kohler said. “Since winter is a big deal in Park City, we wanted to do something that was fun and open to the community.”

Families enjoyed last year’s event, which is why Kohler is doing a second one.

“The fun thing for me was seeing how intrigued all the kids and families were with having this kind of activity in the winter,” she said. “We also had a lot of adults come to see the live camels, donkey and llamas, and we had a lot of people come get pictures taken with these animals.”

The animals are provided by Ivie Acres Farm in Tooele County.

“This is a family-run farm, and the animals are really like members of their family,” Kohler said. When the farm staff brought the animals last year, everyone, including the animals, were in costume.

“The staff came dressed in the Three Wise Men attire, and the camel, whose name was Merlin, was decked out in a way that would have been appropriate for visiting the manger in Bethlehem,” Kohler said.

Park City Nursery will offer free hot, spiced cider, hot chocolate and peppermints to help take the bite out of the cold, Kohler said.

“We will also have some heat lamps set up around the nursery so people can linger a little longer,” she said.

Another main attraction will be Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands that will be on sale. The nursery will have more trees on site this year than in the past, because of the absence of its additional tree lot that was traditionally set up in the former Rite Aid parking lot at 950 Iron Horse Drive.

Since the store is now a Walgreens, which has a nation-wide policy not to sublease parts of its parking lot, Park City Nursery wasn’t able to procure a space there this year, Kohler said.

She tried to work out an agreement with other businesses in the area, but nothing panned out, she said.

“We have about 500 customers who made it a tradition to visit that lot, and we feel really bad about not having the lot set up,” Kohler said. “It wasn’t our intention to disrupt anyone’s tradition. But we do hope people will come visit us for the stroll.”

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