Franklin Park Conservatory

Hi guys! Last week was a damn hurricane. I was so busy, but didn’t really do anything productive (basically I was just grumpy and slept the week away). I ended up getting some serious food poisoning at the end of the week so that sucked a lot. But, this weekend was pretty stellar. Saturday started with brunch, then transitioned into a full afternoon of thrift shopping with one of my best friends (I bought the cutest dish set!), then dinner and a movie with another friend. But, on Sunday I finally went to the Conservatory!

In case you aren’t sure what that is, it’s this huge botanical garden located right here in Columbus, Ohio. It’s pretty well known for its butterfly exhibits (it was the first conservatory in the nation to showcase a seasonal butterfly exhibition!) and for it’s collection of Dale Chihuly glass sculptures (it’s the only public botanical garden in the world to own a signature collection of Chihuly’s glass artworks!). So, basically it’s pretty damn special.

Okay, let’s just take a minute to appreciate those sculptures. I’m literally amazed by glass blowing. It’s just so magnificent, and other worldly, to me. I’m considering taking a glass blowing class next semester, but I don’t know yet…

Anyway, the actual building is split up into a few different areas that start on the second floor. Upon climbing the stairs you’re met with the Grand Atrium, which is basically just a large sitting area. To the right of the atrium you have the Cardinal Health Gallery, which is used to house smaller art collections.

For the past month (or maybe longer… I’m not actually sure of the start date) the exhibition on display has been Orchids (which are placed throughout the entirety of the conservatory instead of being placed in one area). Part of this exhibition was the inclusion of a “ceramics show” displayed in the Cardinal Health Gallery. This show was the purpose of my trip (in case you weren’t aware one of my college majors is ceramics)!

There were easily over 25 pieces in the show, but these were my favorites. The amount of detail (the surface technique on those 3 rock like pieces was absolutely breathtaking) and precision that went into some of these pieces is astonishing. Oh, and my current ceramics professor had two pieces in the show (the alpaca & hawks)!

A constant theme in my work is nature, and how it affects my life, so these were really neat to see in juxtaposition with the plant life throughout the conservatory.

The rest of the conservatory is split into two sides: South Conservatory and North Conservatory. The south is made up of the Pacific Island Water Garden (where the butterflies are housed!), while the north is made up of the Desert, the Tropical Rainforest, and the Himalayan Mountains. At the back of the conservatory is the Palm House, the Zen Terrace, and The Grove. The outside spaces consist of the Bonsai Courtyard and the Sculpture Garden.

So that’s that! It wasn’t really that big, or super impressive, but it was especially nice to feel like I had “escaped” Columbus (and life in general) for a little bit. Overall, go visit the Franklin Park Conservatory! It’s worth the trip. I know I’ll be going back to see the upcoming exhibits throughout the year.

Well, as always, thanks for reading!


PS – I’m working on a few posts that I’m very excited about (one about brunch spots, one about coffee shops, and a very very very late list of monthly favorites!). I’m hoping to have them up while I’m on spring break.