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Visitor Experience

Health & Safety Procedures In accordance with state and city guidelines, the Conservatory has updated many of our health and safety policies.

Thank you to all of our guests for their cooperation. It is only with your continued support that we can remain a safe place to visit.

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Visiting If you are experiencing symptoms, please visit at a later date.

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Ticketing Reserving tickets in advance ensures the easiest check-in experience and guarantees you are able to visit during your preferred date and time.

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Face Coverings The City of Columbus mandates all guests must wear face coverings while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated guests should wear face coverings during their entire visit.

Disposable Masks Are Available At The Visitor Center.
Sanitization Thorough sanitization procedures and air purification systems are utilized. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the facility.

Capacity The facility’s capacity limit has been relaxed and one-way traffic restrictions have been lifted.


Through October 31, 2021 Harvest Blooms The fall season can be experienced in an extraordinary way when the botanical gardens are infused with autumnal magic. Thousands of pumpkins, mums and ornamental cabbages decorate the landscape while two spectacular Pumpkin Houses stand ready to welcome guests.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Harvest Blooms Exhibition
October 13-17, 20-24 & 27-31, 2021 Pumpkins Aglow Fall evenings offer delights and spooky surprises during these after dark, family friendly events. Stroll jack-o-lantern illuminated paths as you explore the pumpkin patch and two Pumpkin Houses. Enchanting decorations also include larger than life spiders created by Tork Collaborative Arts, Inc., a foggy creek and skeletons and ghosts hiding in the gardens.

Special Engagement Admission Rates Apply Pumpkins Aglow Exhibition
Through November 28, 2021 Resilience in Nature: We Are the Roses that Grew from the Concrete Diversity in nature is a strength. This concept is explored in our juried exhibition located in the Cardinal Health Gallery, which exclusively features the work of Black artists in central Ohio. By amplifying the voices that have historically been left out of the narrative, this exhibition strives to connect people with nature while strengthening the community.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Resilience in Nature Exhibition
Through October 24, 2021 Sister Cities: Horticultural Sites, Events, and Developments Gardens and green spaces elevate the quality of life in Columbus’ sister cities around the world. Learn about each of these unique cities during a tour of this new exhibition.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Sister Cities Exhibtion
Through January 9, 2022 Paul Busse Garden Railway The Paul Busse Garden Railway has been enlivened by the colors and textures of fall! Nine G scale model trains travel across over 1,000 feet of track and through four enchanting botanical landscapes themed after the Wild West, fairytales, European villages, and animal habitats.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Paul Busse Garden Railway Exhibition

More To Do At The Conservatory

On Permanent View Chihuly Collection The Chihuly Collection, the largest permanent collection in a botanical garden, remains on view daily. Eighteen installations of stunning glass art are placed throughout the interior Conservatory.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Chihuly Collection Exhibition
Monday–Friday | 11AM–2PM & Saturday-Sunday | 12–3PM Hot Shop The Conservatory’s glassblowing studio offers daily demonstrations which are included in general admission. Visitors interested in hands-on experiences with glassblowing can register for studio classes or personal sessions.

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Open Daily Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden This two-acre garden is a great place to play while learning about the natural environment. Children and adults alike will love exploring the Children’s Garden when the leaves change colors and the air is brisk.

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Through Late October 2021 Bonsai Collection A rotating selection of trees from the Conservatory’s Bonsai Collection is on display in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse and the Bonsai Courtyard.

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Coming This Holiday Season: Holiday Blooms and Conservatory Aglow November 20, 2021 Through January 9, 2022

Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season at the Conservatory with extravagantly themed holiday vignettes featuring hundreds of colorful poinsettias and our famous poinsettia trees.

Each night the gardens will transform into a wonderland of lights. Brand new displays and annual favorites include ornament trees, illuminated topiaries, the annual gingerbread competition and much more.

The annual Gingerbread Competition returns for its 15th anniversary. This year’s theme is, “There is No Place Like Home for the Holidays”.

Conservatory Aglow

Holiday Blooms


September 24-26, 2021 | 11AM-4PM Glass Pumpkin Patch Hundreds of beautiful glass pumpkins and autumnal goods made by local artists will be available for sale.

No Admission Required To Shop The Sale Learn More
October 9, 2021 | 7-10PM Chihuly Nights This was the final Chihuly Night of the year!

October 21, 2021 | 6-9PM ROOTS: An Open Expression On Identity Join the Conservatory and Maroon Arts Group for an evening of performances telling the “Stories of Resilience”.

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October 30-31, 2021 | 5–9pm Trick Or Treat Loot Bag During Halloween weekend, children (ages 2-12) will receive a small bag filled with treats and surprises. Family friendly costumes are encouraged!

Admission to Pumpkins Aglow Required Learn More

Host Your Event At The Conservatory Event Sales | 614-715-8100 |

Host a wedding or private event at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The natural beauty of our venues brings a magical ambiance to your event.

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Take A Class

This is a selection of our upcoming classes. The full list is available on our calendar.

October 19 | 6-8PM Charcuteries & Cocktails Learn to style your own charcuterie board for autumn or the upcoming spooky season. Then, mix a signature cocktail inspired by autumn to complement your board.

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October 23 | 10AM-12PM Pruning Workshop fronds-with-light-shining-through Students will learn some basic rules about pruning: what to look for before pruning, what to cut, and where to cut.

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October 26 | 6-9PM Sheet Pan Dinners by Chefs in the City Rich-Terapak-and-Steve-Stover Steve and Rich celebrate fall by featuring sheet pan dinners, one of the hottest trends in cooking. Steve will demonstrate slow roasted salmon with fennel and lime. Rich will counter with sheet pan chicken with shallots and grapes.

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October 30 | 11AM-1PM The Sustainable Kitchen: Tequila, Bananas, and Bats hands-making-dough-on-counter For this class, we’ve invited a bat expert to talk about why bats are so important and what we can do to protect them. Then, students will cook with bananas and tequila; two ingredients we wouldn’t have without bats.

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November 20 | 1-3PM Comfort Soups & Bread Bowls Join us at the Live Fire Theater where we’ll cook comforting, creamy Broccoli Cheddar soup and a fall favorite, Butternut Squash soup.

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Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse

Open Daily Seasonal Merchandise gift-shop-table-with-fall-decor Botanica offers unique home decor, local merchandise, hand blown glass, house and tropical plants, books, children’s toys, educational items and more!

This fall, browse Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations and prepare for spring by stocking up on flowering bulbs.

Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse
October 11-31 Fall Patio Sale 50% off all patio plants, pottery and garden accessories.

October 23-24 Bulb Sale 50% off remaining spring blooming bulbs.

October 29-31 Halloween Sale 50% off all Halloween themed items.

November 5-7 Hot Shop Sale glass-vases-made-in-hot-shop Glass artwork from the Hot Shop is buy one get one free. Limit one per customer.

November 13-14 Jewelry Sale 20% off all Michael Michaud Silver Seasons jewelry.

Support the Conservatory

Make A Tribute Gift Tribute Gifts to the Conservatory support our mission to connect people with nature and honor the important people in your life. This fall, consider making a special Tribute Gift to those you’re grateful for. Give Now
Become A Member Conservatory members enjoy many benefits like free admission, exhibition previews, special events, program discounts and more. Memberships go toward supporting exhibitions, programs and community outreach.

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Volunteer Volunteers generously bring their time, talents, enthusiasm and energy to the Conservatory. Volunteering opportunities are available for individuals and groups on a weekly, monthly, seasonally or on a one-time basis.

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