The Franklin Park Conservatory

1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203

The Franklin Park Conservatory is a great place to see flowers and trees. Also a great place to see many butterflies and other changing exhibits.

Separated into multiple climate zones the conservatory does more than just show of plants. It puts one deep into the climate and helps them to feel as if they are there. It is cool to go from a desert to a rainforest, but it is even better to know that the plants surrounding you are truly living in their environment. They are not just planted to make the climate zone seem realistic… but actually create the zone.  Sometimes it is hard to see the desert because of all the cactus clichés gardens use. Franklin Park does a good job of making the desert plants thrive and then let them create the feeling of a desert.

It can be a little hard to learn because of all the beauty. But if one can go beyond the view there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Hidden in the center of the main building is a Hot Shop, or glass blowing facility. While not as nice as the one at the Toledo Art Museum, it is cool to see. The shop is outdoors and the weather can be a factor. The demonstrators go above and beyond to make sure visitors learn something about the process of glass blowing as actual works of art are produced. Most of the art is even for sale in the gift shop. Educational classes are offered glass blowing and the Conservatory also offers classes in gardening, wellness, and arts.

However if you are not in the mood to learn the park has many part time exhibits that show the link between art and nature. From a cool butterfly show to the works of Dale Chihuly, there are many ways to just relax and enjoy at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

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