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Orchids are everywhere at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus

Scenes of orchids
Scenes of orchids
courtesy Franklin Park Conservatory

Rejoice, orchid lovers! The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio is now featuring their special exhibit, "Orchids!" spotlighting hundreds of vividly colored tropical orchids surrounded by lush, green foliage. The exhibit runs from Saturday, January 11 through Sunday, April 13. Columbus is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.

courtesy Franklin Park Conservatory

"Orchids! " Located in the Conservatory's Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, this exhibit features vibrant orchid displays in brilliant hues showcasing imaginative and artistic horticultural designs involving the exotic flower.

Also featured at "Orchids!" is a display entitled "Jamie Kirkell: Orchids and Irises in the Garden," a collection of silk botanical artwork featuring large floral paintings by renowned artist Jamie Kirkell.

Visitors to "Orchids!" can also partake of orchid talks by staff educators and horticulturists daily at 2 p.m., weekly orchid walks (tours of the exhibit accompanied by a staff horticulturist) on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Orchid Sundays where Central Ohio Orchid Society members will answer any orchids questions from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

A Bit About Franklin Park Conservatory Built in 1895 and based on 88 acres of Franklin Park, the Conservatory is a horticultural and educational facility highlighting exotic plant collections, special exhibits and a signature collection of works by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Conservatory features over 400 species of plants and the Victorian Palm House is home to 40 varieties of palms.

Franklin Park Conservatory hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for children (3-17). Children 2 and under are free. Parking is free.

Food can be purchased at the Conservatory Garden Cafe from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

For more information about "Orchids!" or about Franklin Park Conservatory call 800-214-7275 or get online at

Franklin Park Conservatory is located at 1777 East Broad St. in Columbus, Ohio, two miles east of downtown Columbus and it is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.