The outdoor collections the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are expansive, change with the seasons, and provide an immersive experience for visitors. First arrival at the Entry Plaza, which often is decorated to reflect the current holiday or time of year, provides a welcoming entrance into the gardens. From there, guests can meander through the Crane Conifer and Ornamental Grass Collection, or peruse the more formal gardens of the Grand Mallway.
This garden includes beds of perennials and one of the signature sculptures of the park, the NavStar by Stephen Canneto. The Trial Gardens provides a glimpse into the science of horticulture. Here the Center’s staff test the performance of a new plant each year, including vegetables, annuals or perennials, seeing which ones thrive in the garden’s climate. The Bride’s garden highlights not only horticulture, but architecture, as well, providing a beautiful space for ceremonies, or a quiet moment by the fountain. Finally, the Daylily Garden showcases 850 daylily varieties; this garden blooms from late spring through to summer and provides a dazzling array of color.
Covering four acres of land, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus is a center for the cultivation of horticultural ideas and inspiration. This living outdoor classroom provides opportunities for learning, from exploring edible landscapes, to cooking demonstrations. Other features include berry and rose gardens, as well as unique and interesting landscape layouts. Photo: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
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