Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural and social experiences.
A world that celebrates nature as essential to the human experience.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is Central Ohio’s premier botanical garden and home to the iconic John F. Wolfe Palm House which dates back to 1895. Situated just east of Franklin Park, the Conservatory is approximately two miles from downtown Columbus.
The visitor experience spans about 13-acres and is comprised of the Conservatory building, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway. The experience consists of botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions, and seasonal offerings. A collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly is also on display and included with admission.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus is a sprawling 4-acre garden adjacent to the visitor experience 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.
Visitor Experience Acreage (see map)
Conservatory Building – 3 acres
Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden & Grand Mallway – 10 acres
Total Visitor Experience (included in admission) – 13 acres
Franklin Park – 88 acres
Franklin Park Accessible Without Admission – 75 acres
Exhibitions and Events
Exhibitions occur at different times through the year and have included the family favorite Paul Busse Garden Railway, stunning Orchids and iconic Blooms & Butterflies. Seasonal exhibitions include Harvest Blooms and Pumpkins Aglow in the fall and Holiday Blooms and Conservatory Aglow during the holidays. Additionally, the Conservatory hosts special, temporary exhibitions by national and international artists each year.
A variety of special events and activities are available throughout the year, as well as, a full menu of classes, workshops and camps focusing on 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.