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Visitor Experience

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

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

Updated Policies
Visiting Hand sanitizer stations will still be available throughout the facility. If you are experiencing symptoms, please visit at a later date.

Plan A Visit
Ticketing Reserving tickets in advance ensures the easiest check-in experience and guarantees you are able to arrive at your preferred time slot.

Reserve Tickets
Face Coverings Unvaccinated guests should still wear face coverings during their visit to the Conservatory. Fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear face coverings.

Capacity stairs-leading-to-the-palm-house Capacity limits and one-way traffic flows are no longer in place.

Exhibitions

June 12 Through November 28 Resilience in Nature: We Are the Roses that Grew from the Concrete resilience-in-nature-roses Diversity in nature is a strength. This concept is explored in this juried exhibition, which exclusively features the work of Black artists in central Ohio. By amplifying the voices that have historically been left out of the narrative, the Conservatory strives to fulfill its mission to connect people with nature while strengthening the community.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Resilience in Nature Page
On View Through January 9, 2022 Paul Busse Garden Railway Featuring nine G-scale model trains that travel 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
On View Through Late Summer In the Gardens: Color to Discover Experience lush and colorful seasonal blooms and whimsical topiaries spread throughout the gardens.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements In the Gardens: Color to Discover Exhibition
On Permanent Display Chihuly Collection The Conservatory’s permanent collection of Chihuly glass artwork remains on view daily. Chihuly Nights are select evenings when the Conservatory will be open 7–10pm.

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Chihuly Collection & Chihuly Nights

Coming This Fall

Harvest Blooms September 25-October 31
Returning this fall to infuse the landscape of the botanical gardens and container gardens with thousands of pumpkins, mums, brassicas and more autumnal horticulture.
Pumpkins Aglow October 13-17, 20-24 & 27-31

Five additional nights added! Hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns and enchanted scenery fill the gardeners during this after dark, family-friendly event.

More To Do At The Conservatory

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

Included With General Admission & Special Engagements Bonsai Collection
Open Daily Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden The interactive, hands-on programming in the Children’s Garden returns in May 2021! This two-acre garden is a great place to play while learning about the natural environment.

Included With General Admission & Some Special Engagements Children's Garden
Open Daily Hot Shop The Hot Shop, the Conservatory’s glass blowing studio, offers daily glassblowing demonstrations as a part of general admission. Visitors interested in hands-on experience with glassblowing can register for studio classes.

Included in General Admission Hot Shop
Events Throughout The Year Plant Societies hosta-plants The Conservatory partners with local plant societies, made up of volunteer educators and plant enthusiasts who host meetings, sales and shows for the general public.

Plant Societies

Host Your Event Events Sales | 614-715-8100 | eventsales@fpconservatory.org

Imagine your outdoor ceremony with a Victorian inspired glasshouse as the backdrop. Then move to the upper terrace for dinner and dancing with the breathtaking Light Raiment II installation by James Turrell transforming the space, creating an unforgettable atmosphere for your special day.

Events at the Conservatory

Wednesdays June 2-Sept 1 | 3:30-6:30pm Farmers' Market Shop seasonal produce, plants and home goods while supporting local farmers and vendors! The market is located in the Conservatory’s main parking lot and parking is free. Market vendors accept EBT with the Ohio Direction Card and offer Produce Perks incentives.

Free To The Public Farmers' Market
June 19 | 11am-3pm Pollinator Palooza Learn about pollinators and all they do for our ecosystems! Free to the public and located in the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus.

Free To The Public Pollinator Palooza
June 25 Bash at the Conservatory Join us for a fresh, socially distanced take on Bash at the Barn! Guests will explore 13 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens and engaging exhibitions. The Bash experience is complemented by drinks and gourmet picnic fare from local establishments, a silent auction, and live entertainment.

Sold out! Bash at the Conservatory
August 27 Field to Table Save the date for the Conservatory Women’s Board annual fundraiser! Field to Table includes a grand meal under the evening sky and proceeds benefit the Conservatory’s community outreach and education programming.

Tickets available! Field to Table
September 24 Hat Day Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin: Hat Day — one of Columbus’ premier social traditions and one of the Conservatory’s most significant fundraising events — returns! This special 20th anniversary event is hosted by one of the founders of Hat Day! Limited tickets remain! Hat Day

Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse

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

This season, be sure to shop our selection of outdoor garden plants. Botanica’s plants are always reasonably priced and sold with the expert knowledge from our staff. Members receive a 10% discount on regularly priced merchandise.

Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse
June 19 & 20 Father's Day Sale 20% off Stonewall Kitchen products and select bonsai.
July 17 & 18 Hot Shop Sale Glass artwork from the Hot Shop is buy one get one free. Limit one per customer.
July 31 & August 1 Patio Plant Sale house-plants-on-shelf All patio plants are 25% to 50% off.
September 24-26 Glass Pumpkin Sale Hundreds of beautiful, hand blown glass pumpkins created by local artists will be on display and available for purchase.

Take A Class

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

June 11, 6-7:30pm Herb Bread Loaf hands-making-dough-on-counter Bake a beautiful bread loaf seasoned with herbs of your choosing.

In-person Register Now
June 16, 7-8pm Cookie Decorating: Pollinators Edition Bake up your own batch of sugar cookies before the class and tune in to enjoy an entertaining evening dedicated to the art of cookie decorating! Hosted by drag performed Plenty O'Smiles.

Virtual Register Now
June 23, 6-7:30pm DIY Succulent Terrarium Put together a one-of-a-kind terrarium while learning about succulent plant care.

In-person Register Now
July 14, 6-7pm Kokedama Workshop Learn about the traditional Japanese art of kokedama—translates to moss ball. Each participant will create a kokedama string garden to take home while enjoying a glass of wine.

In-person Register Now
August 19, 6-7pm DIY Terrarium terrarium-supplies-on-table Put together a one-of-a-kind terrarium for yourself or to give as a gift.

In-person Register Now

Support the Conservatory

Make a Gift The Conservatory is unique in that we offer access to the benefits of nature in the form of beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens, educational experiences for all ages, and stress-relieving green space in the heart of Columbus. Help us grow our programming with a gift today!

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Become a Member yellow-butterfly-on-purple-flowers Members receive free general admission, reciprocal admission to over 300+ gardens nationwide, discounts at local attractions and garden centers and more! Become a member to enjoy a summer of fun at the Conservatory and beyond.

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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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