Upcoming Exhibitions

Blooms & Butterflies

March 11–September 17, 2017
Hundreds of colorful butterflies 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.


In the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse
Fairy Gardens
March 11–May 29, 2017
Fairies, Pixies, Sprites, Hobgoblins, Gnomes, Imps—no matter what you call them, these timeless creatures evoke fascination and intrigue, bringing acts of kindness—and sometimes mischief—to the world. Experience the Conservatory’s tribute to these whimsical and ageless wonders. Peacefully stroll through a life-size fairy garden and a variety of miniature gardens.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Efflorescence: Works from Open Door Art Studio
March 11–May 14, 2017
Open Door Art Studio invites Conservatory visitors to take part in an artistic Efflorescence. Open Door artists have honed their artistic talents to cultivate an exhibition comprised of original, floral-themed artworks. Over 70 multimedia works will fill the gallery with color, creativity and imagination.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery empowers artists with disabilities to develop unique, artistic voices and to experience opportunities afforded through the arts. Creativity knows no boundaries and all individuals deserve an environment for expression without limitation.

In Botanica Gift Shop
The butterfly metamorphosis can be experienced at home, too, with native Painted Lady caterpillars available in Botanica Gift Shop. Once they have emerged, Painted Lady butterflies can be released outdoors to continue their life cycle.


Columbus Blooms

April 2017
A delightful celebration of spring! An indoor display of spring blooms is on view in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse through mid-May 2017. Outdoors, something new is blooming every day!

Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders

May 20–October 29, 2017
Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders celebrates the art of living sculpture. Focusing on endangered animals, horticulturists will plant, design and sculpt 14 topiaries to be placed throughout the Conservatory’s courtyards and biomes. As guests walk through the Conservatory exploring the different regions of the world, they will encounter native, sculpted animals along the way.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Topography Topiary Terrain - Photography Inspired by Manipulation

May 20–September 17, 2017
This photography exhibition by CCAD students, alumni and faculty explores the manipulation of nature through lighting, perspective and design techniques. Using the Conservatory’s lush foliage and diverse plant collections as a catalyst to create new works, artists share their unique interpretation of man’s ability to appropriate the natural world.


Bonsai Display

May 20–November 12, 2017
The Conservatory’s tropical bonsai collection is showcased within a serene, Japanese-inspired garden in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse.  This year, Wabi-Sabi—the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature—serves as the underlying theme for the show. Additional hardy bonsai trees are on display in an outdoor courtyard.

Merry & Bright

November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities and special entertainment.