Following recommendations from federal and state officials for the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of concern for our employees and guests, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will continue its closure through May 31. Refunds for ticket, class, experience and program purchases will be honored. Contact the Conservatory for details.
If you'd like to help the Conservatory through this unprecedented challenge, please visit the Philanthropy page.
In light of the challenging times, and in consideration for all of our employees and guests, we have made the difficult decision to move Hat Day 2020 from Friday, May 1 to Friday, September 11. We look forward to gathering with you later this year in support of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Franklin Park Conservatory will host the 20th annual Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin. This special anniversary celebration is planned under the leadership of Ann Isaly Wolfe, a co-founder of Hat Day, and daughter, Katie Wolfe Lloyd.
The annual Hat Day luncheon is one of Columbus’ premier social traditions of the year, and the Conservatory’s signature spring fundraising event. More than 550 guests gather under a grand marquee in the beautiful gardens, adorned in their favorite hats, to enjoy lunch with friends.
Funds raised benefit the Conservatory’s youth education and outreach programs, which each year provide more than 25,000 students, of all ages and backgrounds, with opportunities for learning, discovery, and hands-on exploration.
Ann Isaly Wolfe Award 2020 Honoree: Nancy CardenasNancy Cardenas has been a devoted advocate and friend to Franklin Park Conservatory for more than 15 years. A committed supporter through her own philanthropy, she’s also led efforts to expand the Conservatory’s community of donors. In 2014, she helped start the Monarch Society—a circle of patrons who provide a stable source of annual support, co- chairing the group for five years. In 2018, she chaired Hat Day, achieving one of its highest-netting years on record. An active member of the Women’s Board since 2004, she co-chaired the group’s former Antiques & Gardeners’ Fair in 2007, and led the Women’s Board as president in 2008.
Nancy’s genuine passion shines in her volunteerism with the Conservatory’s community outreach and education programs. She’s a dedicated volunteer in the Nature Therapy program, which engages adults with developmental disabilities with nature-based, therapeutic activities. She also volunteers with Green STEM, an after-school curriculum focused on plant science education, along the way building confidence and broadening horizons for underserved students.
Giving back to her community also includes involvement with the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Nancy and her husband, John, have been married for 28 years and have two children, Alexandra and Clay.
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!
Additional thanks to our Gold, Silver and Benefactor Sponsors
Gold SponsorsAbraham Law Offices
John & Nancy Cardenas
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
DGD Group, Inc. (2)
Michael J. & Karen G. Fiorile
Sheryl & Phil Heit
Katie Wolfe Lloyd
Whitney Lucks & Cassie Lucks
Cheri Lucks & Cindy Rasmussen
Cathy M. Lyttle
Mount Carmel Foundation
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Ann Isaly Wolfe
The Diamond Cellar
Silver SponsorsColumbus Downtown Development Corp.
Elliott Cooper/Woda Cooper Cos.
Charleen Hinson/Hinson Family
King Business Interiors, Inc.
Bobbi Lucas & Suzanne D. Lucas
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Fisher, Hutchinson & Kass
Megan Liebert & Pam Liebert
Benefactor SponsorsNatalie Moore
The Scout Guide Columbus
Hat Day Photo Galleries
Hat Day 2019
On May 3, 2019, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens hosted the 19th annual Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin, its signature spring fundraising event.
Hat Day 2018
On May 4, 2018, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens held the 18th annual Hat Day fundraising event to benefit its pre-K and K-12 education and outreach programs.
Hat Day 2017
Despite unseasonably cold and rainy weather, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens welcomed over 500 guests this afternoon to the 17th annual Hat Day celebration.