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Fall At The Conservatory

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Visitor Experience

Health & Safety Procedures guests-walking-through-childrens-garden Health & Safety procedures have been implemented to keep our guests, employees, and communities healthy. Visitors have shown tremendous support for these procedures over the past few months. It’s for this reason that the Conservatory can remain open and a safe place for all to enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Ticketing guests-sitting-behind-flowers All guests, including members, must reserve their tickets online before their visit.

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Face Coverings staff-members-wearing-face-coverings In accordance with state and local mandates, face coverings are required for both indoor and outdoor experiences. Exceptions will be made for children under the age of 6 and individuals
with medical exemptions.

Masks available for $1 at front entrance
Memberships pumpkins-and-gourds-in-mums Please make all membership purchases or renewals online before your visit.

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Vulnerable Hours several-bonsai-in-2020-exhibition Every Thursday, the Conservatory will open at 9am for guests with high-risk considerations, such as seniors or individuals with compromised immune systems.

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September 26 to November 1 2020 Harvest Blooms sun-rising-over-palm-house-in-fall The Conservatory becomes one of the most beautiful places to celebrate the magic of fall during the annual Harvest Blooms exhibition. Thousands of mums, pumpkins and gourds paint the botanical landscape in autumnal colors, and the returning Pumpkin House is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Harvest Blooms Exhibition
October 14-18 & 21-25 2020 Pumpkins Aglow wall-of-carved-and-illuminated-pumpkins Take in the bounty of the fall season with this after-dark, family-friendly event. On select Wednesday through Sundays from 5-9pm, stroll through the jack-o-lantern lined paths, a tunnel of floating candles, and a pumpkin patch guarded by a 1000 pound monster pumpkin.

Special Engagement Admission Rates Apply Pumpkins Aglow Exhibition
Through January 10 2021 Paul Busse Garden Railway train-in-european-travels Paul Busse Garden Railway, located in the Grand Mallway, has been enlivened by the colors and textures of fall. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the Garden Railway as nine model trains whirl across 1,122 feet of track and through four unique botanical themes.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Paul Busse Garden Railway Exhibition
Through November 1 2020 Bonsai bonsai-with-decorative-framing In meditative reflection, explore the visual legacy of the Conservatory‘s bonsai collection. Take a journey through the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse to refine your senses using the bonsai as your guide. The bonsai trees will rotate throughout the run of this exhibition, as well as the seasonal plantings, making every visit unique.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Bonsai Exhibition
On Permanent View Chihuly Collection details-of-chihuly-ceiling Nineteen installations of the stunning Dale Chihuly glass artwork will remain on view permanently at the Conservatory. This constitutes the largest private collection of Chihuly artwork in a botanical garden.

The pieces are placed thoughtfully throughout the biomes to accentuate the diversity and beauty of nature.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Chihuly Collection Exhibition

Coming This Winter: Holiday Blooms and Conservatory Aglow Celebrate the enchanting holiday season at the Conservatory with elegant holiday vignettes, hundreds of poinsettias and, of course, the giant poinsettia tree! Each night the gardens magically transform into a wonderland of lights. New displays accompany traditional favorites, include ornament trees, the rainbow tunnel, the Annual Gingerbread Competition and much more.

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Holiday Blooms Exhibition

Conservatory Aglow Exhibition


New Dates: October 9, November 6 Chihuly Nights chihuly-glass-overlooking-koi-pond Enjoy the Conservatory and the vibrant colors of the Chihuly Collection after hours. All 19 installations are professionally lit to create a breathtaking view within the backdrop of the interior Conservatory Biomes.

Special engagement admission rates apply.

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September 25-27 11am-4pm; October 14-18 & 21-25 5-9pm Glass Pumpkin Sale colorful-glass-pumpkin-display Hundreds of beautiful, hand-blown, glass pumpkins created by local artists will be on display and available for purchase.

No Admission Charged To Shop The Sale Pick A Date To Shop
Now Booking Weddings At The Conservatory bride-and-groom-in-gardens Host your wedding at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Conservatory’s versatile spaces add a natural ambiance to your event.

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Education & Programs

Updated For 2020 Nature School Explorers nature-school-playing-with-parachute Designed for ages 3–5, Nature School Explorers are encouraged to nurture their curiosity, investigation, and understanding of plants, insects and the natural world through weekly hands-on activities.

Nature School Explorers is now a two-part Conservatory experience to facilitate social distancing.

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New For 2020 Virtual Explorations Experience the Conservatory from your own classroom on a digital field trip. The program includes a 45-minute virtual tour with a Conservatory educator as well as activities to complete before and after.

All Virtual Explorations are designed to address Ohio learning standards for science or art and connect students with the Conservatory.

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In Person & Virtual Offerings Take A Class stairs-leading-to-the-palm-house Learn something new with the Conservatory! There's a selection of both in-person and virtual classes available.

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More To Do At The Conservatory

Drop Off On November 28th and 29th, 10am-9pm Annual Gingerbread Competition decorated-gingerbread-houses Enter the Conservatory’s 14th annual Gingerbread Competition! This year’s theme, as we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the John F. Wolfe Palm House, will be “Inspired by the Conservatory.” Participants can enter one of three categories: Youth (15 and under), Family or Community Organization or Adult (16 and Older).

Prizes Given To First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Best of Show Enter Now
Open Daily Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse The Conservatory’s award-winning gift shop and greenhouse offers an eclectic array of seasonal home and garden decor, books, children’s toys, jewelry, accessories and more!

Patio Sale: October 17-31
Bulb Sale: October 24-31
Halloween Sale: October 26-31

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse Page

Support the Conservatory

Make A Gift orange-and-yellow-leaves-in-franklin-park Charitable gifts are vital to creating the world-class exhibitions, beautiful horticulture displays and important educational programs offered by the Conservatory. Our seasonal displays, such as Harvest Blooms, and special exhibitions, such as Paul Busse Garden Railway, are made possible through generous financial support from individuals just like you!

Ways To Give
Become A Member fall-grasses-in-front-of-palm-house 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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