Escape the dreary, gray Columbus weather into the Orchids: Utopia at the Franklin Park Conservatory through March 3. Thousands of orchid blooms fill the Conservatory with displays highlighting the natural synergy between the elements—earth, air, fire and water—and botanical beauty. Rushing water features, organic earth materials and fired art pieces amplify this captivating, otherworldly experience.
While you’re visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory, be sure to check out the art exhibition, Waning Light, by local artist Dana Lynn Harper. She takes thousands of laminated dichronic film discs and suspends them from the ceiling, creating a forest of iridescent petals floating and bending through the space. Harper manipulates material, size, color and light to build a dreamlike and otherworldly installation.You’ll also encounter the stunning Chihuly Collection throughout FPC, along with the other beautiful gardens and offerings. Leave plenty of time for your visit, as there is truly a day’s worth of exploring at the Conservatory.
Annual favorite, Blooms and Butterflies returns on March 9.
Admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 3-12. Hours are daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Love to explore the various exhibits and events throughout the year? An annual membership would be worth the cost, as they range from $50 – $175. Student and Senior (60+) memberships are just $40, and the $30 Access pass is for families who are eligible for benefit programs.
Community Days: On the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm. Click here for more information about the Conservatory’s Access Offerings.