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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden

This 2-acre garden is the largest horticulture project ever undertaken by the Conservatory. Featuring numerous unique, interactive experiences celebrating the Ohio landscape, the Children’s Garden will focus on introducing and connecting children to the natural world, as well as renewing that connection for their parents and caregivers. The Children’s Garden will support the Conservatory’s outreach and education mission, promoting active learning for all ages, with an emphasis on health and the natural sciences.

The Children’s Garden is open and included in admission year-round, with the exception of various water features which operate only during the spring and summer seasons.

Educational Programming is a part of the garden experience in the spring and summer seasons, with Learning Themes that change monthly. In 2023, programming will run April 22-October 1.

Educational Programs

April 22-October 1

Educational Programs are included in the Children’s Garden experience during the spring and summer seasons each year. These programs, offered at no cost beyond admission and without registration needed, are an opportunity for children to learn, play and grow while immersed in nature.

Programming is centered around monthly Learning Themes and includes Discovery Stations, Let’s Grow Garden Club, Nature Circle Time and visits from local educators and performers.

Monthly Themes April & May: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Enjoy hands-on gardening experiments, plant science and seed exploration

June: Backyard Bug Adventures
Discover the insects and pollinators found in our own backyards and learn why they are so important

July: Red, White & Bloom!
Celebrate summer colors and patterns in the garden

August: Splish, Splash, Explore
Dive into Ohio's streams, ponds and lakes and learn about the creatures living in them

September: Woodland Wonders
Identify and observe Ohio's native plants and wildlife
Recurring Programs Discovery Stations: Daily from 10:30am–1pm
Drop-in style learning that features rotating activities based on the monthly Learning Theme

Nature Circle Time: Tuesdays at 10:30am
Children will be immersed in nature through storytelling and songs, dances and games

Let's Grow Garden Club: June 7–August 16 Only, Wednesdays at 10:30am
Young gardeners will participate in all aspects of the garden, from planting seeds and watering to weeding and harvesting
Special Guests The Bugman: June 4 at 11am
Learn more about bugs from a local bug celebrity

Ohio Wildlife Center: June 10 | August 12 | September 9 at 11am

Global Water Dancers: July 2 at 10am

Ohio Division of Wildlife: July 15 at 11am

Worthington Jammers: August 26 | September 23 at 11am

Explore The Children's Garden

Sneak Peek Forecourt
Sneak Peek Forecourt
Rainbow Welcome Terrace
Rainbow Welcome Terrace
Sunrise Lawn
Sunrise Lawn
Children's Garden
Canopy Walk
Nature Play Zone
Nature Play Zone
Inspiration Pocket Garden
Inspiration Pocket Gardens
the Playhouse Garden
Playhouse Garden
My Ohio Woods
Learning Pavilion
Let's Garden
Let's Garden
Nature Art Studio
Nature Art Studio
Wetland Explore
Wetland Explore
Whisper Garden
Whisper Gardens

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