Current Exhibitions

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

May 16–September 27, 2015
Explore enormous insect sculptures created from fallen or found wood, cut saplings and branches, tree bark and other natural materials. Ten installations include an 18-foot tall praying mantis, a spider’s web that’s four yards wide, and a butterfly with a wingspan broader than average human height. Related family activities are scheduled every weekend.
Sponsored by: The Columbus Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council

Hotel Partners: Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown,  The Lofts

Blooms & Butterflies

March 7–September 27, 2015
Experience the emergence of hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies and watch them take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3pm. Related family activities are scheduled throughout the season.

Sponsored by: Cardinal Health Foundation, Giant Eagle, Honda of America Mfg., Inc

Life on the Leaf Edge

May 16–September 27, 2015
New England based naturalist and artist Samuel Jaffe captures the art of survival of native caterpillars, pupae and moths through high detail photography. Displayed in the Conservatory’s Cardinal Health Gallery, each piece calls attention to the survival techniques and defensive adaptations of these remarkable and beautiful creatures. 

Meet Samuel Jaffe
The exhibiting artist will lead two family-friendly, interactive classes this fall. Learn more.

Bonsai Show

April 11–September 27, 2015
The Conservatory’s bonsai collection is showcased among a serene display of tropical plantings in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Enjoy tropical and hardy bonsai and explore the history and technique of these horticultural works of art.

Bonsai Saturdays
Members of the Columbus Bonsai Society answer questions and demonstrate bonsai care.
Saturdays, 1–4pm