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Columbus - Franklin Park Conservatory

1777 East Broad Street
614-715-8000

Mission

 

Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural, and social experiences.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier botanical landmark and cultural attraction featuring exceptional plant collections and gardens, seasonal art- and nature-based exhibitions, and a dynamic array of educational opportunities and special events for visitors of all ages.

The Conservatory is situated in the 88-acre Franklin Park just two miles east of downtown Columbus. Featuring indoor gardens filled with exotic plant life and artwork, including a collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly, the Conservatory offers enjoyment of the natural world any time of the day or year. Outdoors, botanical gardens, art sculptures, open green space and a one-mile walking loop offer respite from everyday life.

Seasonal exhibitions include Orchids, and family favorites Blooms & Butterflies and Merry & Bright. The Conservatory hosts special, temporary exhibitions of works by national and international artists each year.

All ages can partake in a variety of special events and activities throughout the year. A full menu of classes, workshops and camps are offered in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness.

With its natural surroundings, both indoors and out, the Conservatory serves as a premier venue for special events and corporate gatherings.



Reviews

Dustin parr

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Absolutely love this place, Definitely worth the visit if you have never been here. If the weather outside is frightful then definitely stop in and enjoy the indoor portion, even more so if it is butterfly season. If the weather outside is great then just enjoy the outdoors. Especially in the spring and fall. Though the gardens are beautiful all year round. This place is also wonderful for an event space. Even if you are not having your event here, it can be wonderful for pictures before hand. Such as a wedding.

Carl Zytowski

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Friday, March 2, 2018
My happy spot in Columbus! At least one of them... The special art exhibits are fantastic! I especially liked the Bruce Monro exhibit in winter 13/14 was amazing! And it is also a fabulous plant conservatory. It's so fun to see a cacao tree with pods growing on the trunk and imagining the chocolate that could be made from it. Having hundreds (thousands?) of orchids blooming in the middle of winter makes the cold climate more manageable. Butterflies 9 months of the year makes kids (and adults wanting to be kids again) happy too! It's not cheap, but then if you're a local and think you'd visit 4+ times a year the annual membership is completely worthwhile.

Toni S

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Saturday, April 7, 2018
My first visit to this place and it was to attend a family wedding. Many beautiful botanical displays and a tropical butterfly room. Family friendly with some hands-on kid activities. Very neat place. Definitely will be going back when we can spend more time and explore more.

Melynda S

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Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
I'm not much of a plant person. My friend and I went here for the butterfly exhibit and just to look around. It was crowded and a bit annoying to try to enjoy anything with strollers blocking the way every time you turned around. Overall it was an enjoyable experience, I had never been to the Conservatory or even Franklin Park outside of the annual Asian Festival so it was nice to walk around, catch up with my friend, and look at *some* interesting things. It was EXPENSIVE though. Too expensive for me to ever be likely to return. $15 per person was a little much for the hour, hour and a half of time it took to see everything. We had lunch there too, which was another mistake because that too was priced through the roof. I understand they have to get money to keep the place running (and apparently make more renovations like they are currently doing) but it wasn't worth it for me at all. That $15 can get me gas to go somewhere more interesting to me.

pat hughes

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Saturday, April 7, 2018
Fun place to take your family. Many plants from different regions. There is a butterfly area that has many different varieties. It is a great photo opportunity. There is a glass blowing studio. They do offer discounts for seniors, military members, educators and AAA membors.

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