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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. A selection of Educational Programs is available annually, this year the programs begin on May 1.

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.

The Children’s Garden is open year-round, with the exception of various water features. The Floating Path in the Wetland Explore will close for the season starting on Oct. 12th. The Sandstone Creek and Misting Boulders will close for the season starting on Oct. 17th.

 


Educational Programs

Educational Programs will begin on May 1, 2021.

Discovery Stations | This interactive station offers fun and hands-on, drop-in style programming for kids of all ages. Discovery Stations are available daily from 10am-12pm and explore a different theme each week. The Discovery Station is located at the Learning Pavilion in the Children’s Garden.

Nature Storytime | Every Tuesday at 10:30am, enjoy stories that celebrate gardens, art, plants and nature. For ages 3–8 years old who are accompanied by a caregiver. Virtual Nature Storytime is also available.

Nature and Play Activities

Columbus City Schools and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have created fun educational activities for families to enjoy. Each is modeled on activities available at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden at the Conservatory.

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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