Upcoming Exhibitions

Fall Mum Display

September, 2015
A display of more than 3,000 mums in shades of yellow, pink, purple and white, seasonal plants and fall foliage fill the Conservatory's outdoor Sculpture Courtyard with color.

Support the 2015 Fall Mum Display.

Scary Plants

October 3–November 15, 2015
Imaginative, immersive horticulture displays transform the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. An abandoned greenhouse,  an old cemetery, curious carnivorous plants, and more await in this botanical take on Halloween season.

Villafane Studios
One-of-a-kind pumpkin carvings of humorous, weird and wild characters, created by artists from the internationally exhibited Villafane Studios, are on display in the Cardinal Health Gallery. Ray Villafane, an Arizona-based artist, specializes in highly intricate, 3-D style pumpkin sculptures. Villafane is a regular competitor on the Food Network and was a recent finalist on Halloween Wars. Villafane Studios' creations will be placed in brine-filled tanks to preserve them for display. 

Watch the exhibit come to life as Ray Villafane and artists from Villafane Studios create their artwork on site. October 3 & 4, 10am–5pm, free with admission.

Merry & Bright

November 21, 2015–January 3, 2016

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities.

Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory. The Conservatory is open until 9pm on November 25, 27–29, December 2, 9, 16, 18–23, 26–31 and January 1 & 2. 

Ninth Annual Gingerbread Competition
Start planning a gingerbread creation for this annaul competition open to all ages. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in four categories: Youth, Teen, Adult and Family. Conservatory visitors vote for a Best in Show. Register by November 29. Download rules and registration form. 


January 9–March 6, 2016
Hundreds of colorful and delicate orchids provide respite from winter’s gray chill.  Enjoy an immersive, artistic exhibit in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse and orchid displays throughout the Conservatory’s indoor gardens. 

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Contemporary ceramic works of art inspired by the natural world are displayed in De La Naturaleza, a juried exhibit presented in partnership with the Central Ohio Clay Arts association. The Conservatory is seeking artists to submit their work. Learn more and apply here.