Upcoming Exhibitions

Scary Plants

September 27–November 9, 2014
Celebrating the oddities of nature, Scary Plants provides an up-close view at strange, frightening, and even dangerous species. Discover bizarre, exotic botanicals, explore the appetite of carnivorous plants, and find out what could be lurking in your own backyard. 

Four larger-than-life sculptures, custom designed and built by Columbus-based TORK, Inc. give a bugs-eye perspective of carnivorous plants like the Venus fly trap and pitcher plant. 

Scary Plant Demonstrations
See what happens when you touch the sensitive plant, witness a Venus fly trap feeding, and learn more about the plants in the exhibition during 20-minute demonstrations, daily at 2pm. 

Opening Day
Saturday, September 27
Meet The Bugman, 11am–2pm. Save 20% on Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, cactus and Scary Plant kits in Botanica. 

Family Fun
Activites, crafts or entertainment scheduled every weekend

Merry & Bright

November 15, 2014–January 4, 2015
An annual family favorite, Merry & Bright celebrates the holiday season with elegant poinsettias and seasonal foliage, time-honored traditions like the poinsettia tree and Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of special entertainment and family activities.  

Visit in the evening to enjoy festive lighting throughout the Conservatory's warm and inviting plant collections. Open until 10pm on November 19, 26, 28–30, December 3, 10, 17, 19–31 and January 1–4.

Registration Open
8th Annual Gingerbread Competition

Show off your creativity! Register in one of four categories – Youth, Teen, Adult or Family – by November 30 and deliver your completed entry on November 29 or November 30.  First, second and third place prizes are awarded in each category, and patrons select a Best of Show. All entries are displayed beginning December 2, 2014.  Download a registration form and contest rules. 


January 10–April 5, 2015

Chase away winter’s chill! Hundreds of colorful and delicate orchids provide respite from winter’s gray skies. A gallery exhibition of botanical illustration interpreting years of global botanical discovery accompanies an array of orchid displays throughout the Conservatory.