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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden

This new 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 emphasis on health and the natural sciences.


Educational Offerings

Note: All programs are outdoors and may be canceled in inclement weather.

Discovery Programs | Weekly themes are the basis for drop-in and self-guided nature activities and nature art makerspace.

Discovery Stations | These interactive stations are staffed by volunteers and educators for fun, hands-on family programs for kids of all ages. Stations explore different themes each week and rotate throughout The Children’s Garden and Learning Pavilion. Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm and Saturday–Sunday,  10am–5pm.

Discovery Backpacks | Enhance your exploration of nature with backpacks filled with activities and tools related to plants, trees, animals and more. Backpacks are free, first come, first serve and can be checked out at Welcome Terrace or Learning Pavilion.

Discovery Guests | Once a month on Saturdays a special guest visits The Children’s Garden for a family-friendly program. See upcoming guests below.

Dream & Rainbow Storytime: Saturday, July 14, 11am & 2pm

The Turtle Lady: Saturday, August 4, 11am–2pm

The Bugman: Saturday, September 1, 11am–2pm

Nature Storytime | Enjoy stories that celebrate gardens, plants and nature. For ages 3–8 years old who are accompanied by a caregiver. Mondays and Thursday 10:30am.

Birthday Parties | Celebrate birthdays at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. The Children’s Garden, where the natural world meets the magical, is sure to enchant on your child’s special day! Click here to learn more.


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