In addition to the permanent gardens and collections on display, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens also hosts a variety of rotating exhibits throughout the year. Some favorites return each year, including Blooms & Butterflies, Orchids, and the seasonal favorite, Merry & Bright. Other one time exhibits include such special features as Origami in the Garden, Bonsai Display, and many more. As these exhibits change throughout the year, visitors are advised to check the Garden’s website prior to visiting to see what’s on.
Events and Classes
As if the abundance of indoor and outdoor, horticultural and artistic collections weren’t enough to entertain, the Franklin park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens also provides an abundance of classes and events for the community. Such events for adults include plant sales, concerts, botanical dinners and more. Family events include craft workshops, animal presentations, and story nights, just to name a few. Classes vary widely and feature topics and curricula also targeted at both children and adults. From art, food and gardening, to health and wellness classes such as yoga and Tai Chi, there is a class for almost every interest at the Gardens. In addition, the Hot Shop, inspired by the work of the glass art found throughout the Center, features daily glassblowing demonstrations and workshops for those interested in getting touch with their inner glass artiste.
Working to spread an awareness of and love for horticulture, the Garden’s outreach programs work to inspire individuals in the community. For example, the Growing Green Corps teaches skills to youths interested in working in sustainable and green endeavors. The Fairchild Challenge is a multidisciplinary program for middle and high school students which combines core studies with environmental issues and challenges them to begin to work to solve them. The Growing to Green outreach program is yet another way the Garden gets involved, providing free resources to community gardeners and those looking to beautify their neighborhood. These outreach efforts and community involvement are highlighted annually at the Garden’s annual Growing to Green Awards, recognizing achievement and dedication of those in central Ohio communities.
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