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Conservatory Explore

The Conservatory is a source of summer fun for the whole family! Spend the season connecting with nature, creating lasting memories and spending time with friends and family.

During your visits, be sure to explore everything the Conservatory has to offer: gardens & plant collections, exhibitions, local history & art, educational programs, glassblowing and more!

Monthly Themes & Explore Nights

Daily Exploration


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NEW THIS SUMMER: CONSERVATORY EXPLORE NIGHTS! Bring the whole family to one or all of these three distinct special engagement evenings chock full of family-friendly fun with activities and experiences throughout the Conservatory. To learn more about the Conservatory Explore Nights, please click the links below.

Conservatory Explore Nights:

Backyard Bugs: Saturday, June 10 from 5-9pm 
Red, White & Bloom: Saturday, July 8 from 5-9pm
Splish, Splash, Explore: Saturday, August 5 from 5-9pm 


Monthly Themes & Conservatory Explore Nights

Each month this summer features a theme that connects you to numerous elements of the Conservatory experience. Click below to learn more about each theme and the related Explore Night.


June: Backyard Bugs Discover the insects and pollinators found in our own backyards Learn More & View Offerings
July: Red, White and Bloom Celebrate colors and patterns of the summer garden Learn More & View Offerings
August: Splish, Splash, Explore Dive into the watery world of Ohio's streams, ponds and lakes Learn More & View Offerings

Daily Exploration

There’s so much to do every day this summer! Here’s what’s available during every visit to the Conservatory this season.

Gardens & Plant Collections The Conservatory’s extensive gardens pulse with life and bring the wonders of nature right to you. Exhibitions Three exhibitions are included in admission this summer: experience a garden railway, animal topiaries and historic photography of Franklin Park. Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden 2 acres of space for learning and play, plus educational programs that are included with admission all summer long Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus A living classroom and garden idea center that is open to the public from dawn to dusk Hot Shop & Glassblowing The Conservatory's in-house glassblowing studio offers free demonstrations with admission Chihuly Collection The largest collection of Chihuly art in a botanical garden is on permanent display Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse Gifts from Botanica allow you to bring a piece of the Conservatory with you Garden Café Delicious food and drinks pair perfectly with a visit to the gardens palm house History Our history spans over 150 years. Connect with a space with deep roots in Columbus.
Membership The perks of membership grow your experiences at the Conservatory (and beyond!) Members will get the most out of Conservatory Explore:

  • Free Admission: General Admission is free for members so they can visit time and time again to see everything available at the Conservatory

  • Discounted Special Engagements: Admission to the brand-new Conservatory Explore Nights is half off for Members

  • Guests: Many memberships include admission for guests so loved ones can join the fun

  • Additional Discounts: Members receive discounts at Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse, Garden Café and elsewhere at the Conservatory experience

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