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Floral flamingo topiaries at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus

Only in Ohio: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Explore a colorful collection of topiaries in the gardens at this Central Ohio spot!

Floral flamingos at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus

Only in Ohio: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

By Heather Rader

Posted On: Jul 30, 2021

Enjoy the vibrant colors of summer at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. Acres of colorful plants will brighten up your day while you explore the Colors to Discover Exhibition. More than 230 striking containers of seasonal displays welcomes visitors to enjoy the bounty of summer's bright flora.

Visitors can explore lush gardens and botanical biomes throughout 13-acres of the Conservatory building, the Grand Mallway and The Scott's Miracle- Gro Foundation Children's Garden. While the remarkable biomes and botanical gardens are home to incredible plant life year-round, this summer, living art blooms in the Conservatory.

Cardinal topiary at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus

A collection of twenty-nine whimsical living plant sculptures bloom in full color, each one with its own unique personality. The hand-crafted living art topiaries can be found throughout the gardens. The topiary collection includes a cardinal, a butterfly, a flock of adorable flamingos and six new cheerful topiary fish.

striped tropical fish topiary at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus

These larger-than-life creatures are formed around a steel frame which is filled with sphagnum moss and small plants to create the animal's shape and color. View the playful animals before they fly and swim away, the topiaries are on display through September 12, 2021.

two finding nemo inspired tropical fish topiaries at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus

The animal topiaries might be the highlight of the gardens this summer but be sure to explore the entire Conservatory during your visit:

  • More than 400 plant species from around the world can be found in the glass biomes!
  • The John F. Wolfe Palm House, a Victorian-style glass greenhouse, was built in 1895 and is home to the Fiddle-leaf Fig- one of the original trees planted in the Palm House.
  • The largest collection of Dale Chihuly glass artwork in a botanical garden resides at the Conservatory and visitors can admire the vibrant glassworks throughout.
  • Train enthusiasts must visit the Paul Busse Garden Railway to see the 9 g-scale model trains travel over 1,000 feet of track. This miniature enchanting exhibit features fifty-one botanical models throughout a Fairytale Land, Wild West Town, European destinations and more.

There's always something new to discover at the Franklin Park Conservatory!

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