The Franklin Park Conservatory is a botanical garden and conservatory that offers visitors a view of over 400 species of plants. Inspired by the Chicago World's Fair and built in 1895, the conservatory is on the National Register of Historic Places. The conservatory is a favorite for locals and tourists alike, showcasing exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and Dale Chihuly artworks.
1852, the Franklin County Agriculture Society purchased eighty-eight acres of
land located east of downtown Columbus. This land became the official grounds
of the Ohio State Fair in 1874. Ten years later, Ohio Legislature set aside
this land as the Franklin Park for public use.
the success of Chicago’s World Fair and Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the
inspiration of City Beautiful movement, a grand Victorian-style glass
greenhouse named The Palm House was built in Franklin Park. In 1895, it opened
for public use as Franklin Park Conservatory.
Recreation and Parks Departments owned and operated the Conservatory until
1989. Thanks to their renovation efforts, the facility earned a flattering
reputation. Based on that reputation and the park’s condition, Franklin Park
Conservatory was selected to be the host site for AmeriFlora ’92. AmeriFlora is
a six-month international horticulture exposition. After AmeriFlora ’92, the
Franklin Park Conservatory Joint Recreation District was established by the Ohio
Legislature for managing and operating the Franklin Park Conservatory.
the Franklin Park Conservatory features Himalayan mountain, rainforest, and desert
biomes as well as a Pacific Island water garden. Other botanical gardens on
site include the Crane Conifer and Ornamental Grass Collection, the Trial
Gardens, and the Daylily Garden. There is also the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Community Garden Campus, which serves as a living classroom and idea center.