Merry & Bright at the Franklin Park Conservatory
By Heather Rader

Merry & Bright at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to the Merry & Bright exhibit at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays surrounded by festive foliage, beautiful horticulture displays and dazzling holiday lighting within the warmth of the Conservatory. Along with festive foliage and lighting, Merry & Bright offers visitors various holiday activities and entertainment, making for the perfect place in central Ohio to delight in the spirit of the holidays!





Located just east of downtown Columbus, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers stunning indoor and outdoor gardens, special exhibitions, and a permanent collection of Dale Chihuly glass artwork. Home to over 400 exotic plant species throughout four glass biomes, the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, and the John F. Wolfe Palm House, nature lovers will delight at the lush green tropical foliage within the Conservatory. While holiday horticulture displays are located throughout the Conservatory, the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse is home to hundreds of vibrant poinsettias and a Paul Busse garden railway model. More than 2,200 poinsettias are displayed during Merry & Bright, and they are even grown in the greenhouse of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens!









Along with the vibrantly colored poinsettias and seasonal foliage displayed inside the Conservatory, visitors are invited to explore the outdoor courtyards to enjoy nearly 50 evergreen trees which are dazzling in the evening (select evenings) with over 100,000 individual holiday lights. After walking through the tree-lined courtyard and viewing the dazzling light display, visit the Hot Shop located in the outdoor glassblowing pavilion. The Hot Shop features daily glassblowing demonstrations and the glass pieces created are available to purchase at the Botanica gift shop.





Along with festive horticulture displays and holiday lighting, Merry & Bright offers family activities, live music, a Gingerbread display and contest, and a winter-themed watercolor exhibit (by local artists) to celebrate the Central Ohio Watercolor Society’s 50th Anniversary. With festive holiday-themed foliage, family activities, and twinkling holiday lighting, the Merry & Bright exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season!

Merry & Bright at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens runs through January 3, 2016. Please visit https://www.fpconservatory.org/ to plan your visit this holiday season.

 

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