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🦋 As the chill of winter melts away, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in nearby Columbus is enveloping visitors in a tapestry of color and life. This year marks a special milestone – the 30th anniversary of the cherished Blooms & Butterflies exhibition. A visit to the Conservatory promises an enchanting blend of nature’s most vibrant creations, showcasing thousands of exotic butterflies alongside stunning floral displays.

A Tropical Paradise in Ohio

Nestled within the Conservatory’s Pacific Island Water Garden Biome, guests are transported to a tropical paradise where the air is alive with the flutter of butterfly wings. This warm, sunlit dome serves as a sanctuary for hundreds of exotic butterfly species, each taking part in the delicate dance of nature among the blooms. The setting is nothing short of magical, with lush greenery and vibrant flowers creating a backdrop for these colorful creatures.

Witness the Wonder of Metamorphosis

The journey through Blooms & Butterflies offers more than just visual splendor; it’s an educational voyage as well. The Metamorphosis Lab is a highlight, where visitors of all ages can observe the butterfly life cycle unfold in real-time. From egg to caterpillar, chrysalis to butterfly, the lab provides a rare glimpse into the transformative stages of these enchanting insects.

While the butterflies are undoubtedly the stars of the show, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a world of exploration beyond them. The Conservatory, set on 40 picturesque acres, features the historic 1895 John F. Wolfe Palm House, extensive glasshouses, and botanical gardens. Each evening, the Conservatory becomes a canvas for light artist James Turrell’s Light Raiment II, casting a mesmerizing glow over the Palm House and inviting visitors to see the gardens in a new light.

Planning Your Visit

Blooms & Butterflies runs daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, until July 8, 2024. Admission rates range from $0 to $22, making it an accessible experience for all who wish to bask in the beauty of butterflies and blooms. The Conservatory’s commitment to world-class horticulture, art, and educational programs ensures a memorable experience for visitors of every age.


In closing, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites everyone to join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Blooms & Butterflies. It’s more than just an exhibition; it’s a journey through the natural world, a celebration of life, and an invitation to explore the beauty that surrounds us. Don’t miss this opportunity to create lasting memories amidst the butterflies and blooms.


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