Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is Central Ohio’s premier botanical garden, just east of Franklin Park approximately two miles from downtown Columbus.
Explore 13 acres of botanical biomes, stunning gardens, art installations and exhibitions, and seasonal attractions as you wander the Conservatory building, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway.
There are multiple discounts available in order to make FPC more affordable, including free community admission one Sunday a month, free passes from the library, and more. Read below for more details.
Don’t miss the stunning Chihuly Collection throughout FPC, along with the other beautiful offerings, such as the Himalayan Mountain Biome, Rainforest Biome, Desert Biome, and Pacific Island Water Garden. Leave plenty of time for your visit!
There is truly a days’ worth of exploring at the Conservatory. While you’re there, visit the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse and view specimens from the Conservatory’s bonsai collection.
Check out all of the gardens and collections available for viewing at FPC.
Seasonal exhibitions and events
SPOKE: The Visual Poetry & Environmental Art of Artist Olga Ziemska: January 22 – May 30, 2022
Language is a key element in the creation of sculptural work for artist Olga Ziemska, whose visual poetry and environmental artworks are showcased in the exhibition SPOKE. The body of work exhibited explores the connection between language, poetry, art, nature and the human experience.
Wall-hung sculptures made from natural materials and chromogenic prints of site-specific environmental artworks created around the world will be exhibited in the Cardinal Health Gallery.
Bloom and Butterflies: February 26 – May 30, 2022
Hundreds of exotic butterflies will fill the Pacific Island Water Garden biome, a tropical haven filled with lush foliage and bright blooms. Patrons can visit at any time to see a diverse array of butterflies soaring overhead or basking on nearby plant life.
Daily butterfly demonstrations will not be taking place this year due to social distancing precautions. See more details here.
Select evenings each month from 7 pm – 10 pm. Chihuly Nights are an amazing way to see the conservatory after hours in a new light. The 19 Chihuly installations will be illuminated with the botanical gardens as a backdrop. Check out the biomes in the conservatory and the historic John F. Wolfe Palm as it’s illuminated by James Turrell’s Light Raiment II.
The Conservatory food truck will serve a limited food menu, beer and wine. Botanica Gift Shop and Chihuly Gift Store will be open as well. Special admission is $15-$25 for non-members, and $7.50-$12.50 for members. Access rates are available. It’s an amazing date night idea!
Chihuly Nights for 2022
Cocktails at the Conservatory
Enjoy fun nights with friends at a venue like no other from 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Each event features a new theme, a rotating cast of local drink vendors, live music, access to the Conservatory, and more. Savor local sips and snacks as you revel in the gardens at golden hour. Ages 21+ only. Tickets are $30 for non-members, $25 for members.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden
Kids love exploring and playing in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. This fun outdoor park features natural play areas, special gardens, and other ways to connect kids with nature. There is SO much to do, so allow plenty of time for kids to play!
Bring a towel, sunscreen, and water-safe clothing if your kids intend to visit the garden, so they can explore the Sandstone Creek water feature. Diapered kids must wear swim diapers. While the garden is open year round, the water feature will be off October 3 – early May. Bring warm clothing if you come during colder weather – there’s so lots to do!
The Conservatory’s Food Truck will offer house-made, pre-packaged snacks and lunch items, as well as beverages, including beer and wine. Cash will not be accepted; cards only please.
The Garden Cafe offers a limited menu of snacks and lunch items, baked goods, as well as drinks and alcoholic beverages. Details.
Snacks and water bottles are permitted; no glass. Outside Food or beverages are not permitted. Picnic tables are available in the beautiful Franklin Park just south of the main Conservatory building.
Admission to Franklin Park Conservatory
Admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory is $19 for adults and over age 12, $16 for seniors, and $12 for children 3-12 (free under age 2). These admission prices are valid 10 am – 5 pm. Special events and evening hours have different rates.
Franklin Park Conservatory discounts
AAA members: $1 off each adult ticket, $0.50 off each child ticket
College students: $15 ticket price
Active or Retired Service Members: $1 off each ticket (any age)
Free Community Days at the Conservatory
On the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory will be free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm. Proof of residence and/or valid ID required. Community Days aim to make the gardens more accessible to all.
Tickets are made available on a monthly basis, typically in the week following the previous Community Day. Links can be found in the info box above and on the Select A Ticket page.
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Columbus Member Advantage Program
If you’re a member of select Central Ohio attractions, you can save $3 on general admission to Franklin Park Conservatory through the Columbus Member Advantage program. No coupon is necessary. Simply show your valid participating membership card when you visit! Limited to 4 discounts per membership per day; can’t be combined with other discounts.
If you’re already a member at FPC, use your membership to get discounts on admission to these attractions.
Member Advantage partners for 2022 include:
- Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection (see our article)
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (see our article)
- Dawes Arboretum (see our article)
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (see our article)
- LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus (see our article)
- National Veterans Memorial and Museum (see our article)
- Ohio History Center & Ohio Village (see our article)
- Wexner Center for the Arts (see our article)
- COSI (advanced tickets required)
- The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology (also qualifies for ASTC reciprocal admission)
Educator, Military & Student Discounts. Take 10% off any membership category if you are a full-time, active educator or an active or retired military personnel. Present current teacher or military identification at the Visitor’s Center to qualify for this discount. Students (with valid ID) receive 10% off the Individual membership.
Free Culture passes at the Library. Conservatory Membership Cards are available for checkout at the Martin Luther King, Shepard, and Driving Park branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. With an active library card, you can check out a temporary Conservatory membership card that will grant up to two adults and six children free admission to the Conservatory for 2 days.
Culture Passes are only available for in-person customer checkout at the specific CML locations listed above, as well as Pickerington Public Library. Culture Passes cannot be reserved like traditional library items, however customers can check their availability at columbuslibrary.org by typing “Culture Pass” into the catalog search bar.
Access Pass discounts. The Conservatory provides special discounts to qualifying families to make programming and special events available to all. $3 general admission and special engagement tickets are available for SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid participants. Access Members also qualify for $3 special engagement tickets. Learn more. See website for specific discounts
Save money with Franklin Park Conservatory Membership
Love to explore the various exhibits and events throughout the year? An annual membership would be worth the cost, as they range from $55 – $185. Senior (60+) memberships are just $40, and the $35 Access pass is for families who are eligible for benefit programs.
- Members also receive discounts and free admission at various Reciprocal Admission Discounts to gardens and arboretums across the US.
- You’ll also receive a $3 discount to many of the best museums and attractions in Columbus through the Columbus Member Advantage, including Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Columbus, Ohio History Center & Ohio Village, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Pizzuti Collection, Wexner Center for the Arts.
- ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Special Offer: Conservatory members receive one free ticket to a regular season performance with the purchase of a ticket. Contact the ProMusica box office with current membership number at 614.464.0066.
Educator, Military & Student Discounts: Take 10% off any membership category if you are a full-time, active educator or an active or retired military personnel. Present current teacher or military identification at the Visitor’s Center for this discount.
Students (with valid ID) receive 10% off the Individual membership.
Access Family Membership ($35) for families in eligible programs with proof of participation: CareSource, Ohio Directions card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card or Molina card. Franklin Park Conservatory Access memberships are available by mail or at the Visitor Center only.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus
Next to the Conservatory, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus is a 4-acre garden with an apiary, rose pavilion, berry house and 40 community garden plots as well as, a demonstration kitchen and Live-Fire Cooking Theater. This area is open to the public at no charge from dawn until dusk. Visitors also enjoy exploring Franklin Park before or after their visit to FPC.
Farmer’s Market at FPC
Wednesdays, June 1 – September 21 from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm, rain or shine. The market is located outdoors in the main Conservatory parking lot, just off of East Broad Street and two miles east of downtown Columbus. The public is welcome and parking is free. Vendors offer a mix of local produce, baked goods, specialty foods, handmade items, and health and beauty products.
The market accepts EBT for all qualifying purchases and offers incentive dollars through the Produce Perks Columbus program (formerly known as Veggie SNAPS) for fresh produce for all EBT users.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203
Events tba for 2022
Saturday, June tba 2022, in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. Engage with various organizations that are raising awareness for pollinators, while enjoying learning opportunities, crafts, music, garden tours and more. This event is completely free to attend; no tickets or reservations are required. Please note that this event is held in the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, just outside the main Conservatory building.
Conservatory admission would be required (and reservations are encouraged) if you wish to also explore the Conservatory during your visit. Details.
Wellness Wednesdays at FPC
Every Wednesday, TBA 2022, the public is invited to attend a walk led by an expert who will discuss different topics related to nature and health. Participants will meet near the Conservatory’s main entrance. The route will follow the paved, one-mile loop through the outdoor public spaces of Franklin Park. This is a free program and there’s no need to register. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring your own water.
Wellness Wednesdays are a collaboration between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Total Health and Wellness and Center for Integrative Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Nursing and Franklin Park Conservatory. Details here.
In the Gardens Color to Discover: 2022 tba
Flowers and foliage are in full bloom, along with over 230 containers, hanging baskets, and whimsical living art from the 29 pieces in the topiary collection.
Harvest Blooms: 2022 tba
Harvest Blooms instills the Conservatory’s outdoor gardens and courtyards with the magic of the harvest season. Thousands of pumpkins, mums and ornamental cabbages decorate the landscape while two spectacular Pumpkin Houses stand ready to welcome guests.
Pumpkins Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory
Don’t miss fall favorite Pumpkins Aglow on select dates from October tba 2022 from 5-9pm. Experience the magic of the harvest season at the Conservatory under the stars, surrounded by glowing pumpkins and enchanting scenery. Enchanting decorations throughout the gardens include larger than life spiders created by Tork Collaborative Arts, Inc., a foggy creek and skeletons and ghosts. Two Pumpkin Houses stand ready to welcome guests this year. There is live entertainment every night from 6-8 pm.
Pumpkins Aglow includes exhibitions, gardens and collections, and Botanica Gift Shop and Greenhouse. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will close at dusk. Special Engagement rates are in effect for Pumpkins Aglow.
Tickets are $22/adults, $19/seniors and college students, $12/child ages 3-12, free under 3. Members qualify for discounted rates.
Trick or Treat Loot Bag: October tba: On Halloween weekend, children ages 2-12 will receive a small bag filled with treats and surprises. Family friendly costumes are encouraged.
Paul Busse Garden Railway
April 2, 2021 – January 9, 2022. Train lovers, check this out! The popular exhibition is back, and features model trains whirling through unique botanical themes on 1,122 feet of track in the Grand Mallway.
Travel alongside 9 g-scale model trains to immerse yourself in Fairytale Land, Wild West Town, European Travels and the animal-themed Who Lives Here. See the trains weave through the miniature world of 51 botanical models made from all-natural plant material, including an enchanted tree hollow, two waterfalls, a bubbling brook, and plantings specific to each theme.
Select trains in the Paul Busse Garden Railway train set were generously donated in memory of John F. Wolfe by the Wolfe Family.
Conservatory Aglow and Holiday Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory
Conservatory Aglow and Holiday Blooms return this season with both new and classic displays to shine a light on Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This holiday exhibits run from November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022. The daytime experience, Holiday Blooms, will be open 10am-4pm, while the evening experience, Conservatory Aglow, will be open 5-9pm.
Holiday Blooms is included with regular admission, and Conservatory Aglow has special after-hours engagement rates which includes access to the entire FPC property. Enjoy favorites such as the musical light show, Gingerbread House, wintry color themed Light Tunnel, Starry Night Bonsai Courtyard, Ornament Trees, and the whimsical Whirly Tree.
Entertainers and musicians will perform in the gardens on select evenings to enhance the experience. Enjoy refreshments sold by The Conservatory’s Garden Café and Food Truck and other local food trucks from 5-9pm each evening.
You can roam the entire facility during Conservatory Aglow, so you’ll enjoy all of the exhibitions throughout the property.
See other holiday programming, including Breakfast with Santa, family events, live performances and music, and more at this link.
Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory: January 22 – March 6, 2022
Thousands of vibrant orchid blossoms will fill the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, bringing with them a warm, tropical escape for the senses. This exhibition is a refreshingly colorful escape from the cold days of winter. Orchids will also provide pops of color and fragrance throughout the rest of the interior Conservatory. Exhibit is included with regular admission.
Columbus Blooms: April 1-April 30
More than 100,000 tulips, daffodils and pansies decorate the outdoor botanical gardens and container displays. Throughout the Conservatory and Franklin Park, magnolias, lilacs, cherries, viburnum, and thousands of perennials burst with color and fragrance after a long winter slumber.
Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of the season! Plants bloom throughout the season, starting in March and continuing through the following months. Check the Spring Blooms Report to know what’s in bloom during your visit. Columbus Blooms is presented by GreenScapes.