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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers world-class horticulture, art and nature-based exhibitions and educational programs for all ages. Situated on 40 acres on the eastern side of Franklin Park, the Conservatory features the historic 1895 John F. Wolfe Palm House, 83,000 square feet of glasshouses, botanical gardens and meeting and event spaces. The Conservatory is home to internationally recognized light artist James Turrell’s Light Raiment II, which illuminates the John F. Wolfe Palm House every evening from dusk until dawn.

Franklin Park Conservatory at dusk in Columbus

The Conservatory offers something for everyone at any time of year. The spring and summer months offer an exploration of their Orchids, Blooms and Butterflies where you can release your own tropical butterfly, Topiaries and other rotating exhibits. It’s especially lovely in the fall when the annual Harvest Blooms exhibit transforms the grounds into an otherworldly autumn landscape of hundreds of pumpkins, heirloom gourds, colorful mums and various foliage cascading throughout the gardens. The vibrant sea of color makes the perfect backdrop for jack-o-lanterns and many special events take place each year to help kids experience the magic created by numerous pumpkin displays. With winter comes Conservatory Aglow, a winter wonderland decked with festive light displays, poinsettias, interactive art installations, gingerbread houses and a model railway. 

The Scott's Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden focuses on introducing and connecting children to the natural world where they can explore nature while getting out some energy running throughout the grounds. 

Kids play in the Children's Garden at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Columbus.

The Conservatory displays the world’s largest collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork in a botanical garden. Aside from the annual exhibitions, there are several events, such as Chihuly nights, farmers markets, and cocktails at the Conservatory on specific dates throughout the year.