Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is situated within the 88-acre Franklin Park which sits just two miles east of downtown Columbus. The Conservatory operates two parcels of land on the eastern side of the park which accounts for approximately 40-acres of the 88-acre Franklin Park.
The Conservatory building and future Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and expanded Mallway is home to the paid visitor experience and consists of about 12-acres. These areas consist of botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions in addition to, seasonal offerings. A collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly is also on display and included with admission.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus is a sprawling 4-acre garden that encompasses an apiary, rose pavilion, berry house and 40 community garden plots as well as, a demonstration kitchen and Live-Fire Cooking Theater. This area is open to the public at no charge from dawn until dusk.
Seasonal exhibitions currently include Orchids, and family favorites Blooms & Butterflies and Gardens Aglow (formerly known as 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.