Current Exhibitions

Blooms & Butterflies

March 8–September 28, 2014
The 20th anniversary of this popular exhibition features hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies flying freely in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a warm and tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. See new butterflies emerge from their chrysalises, then watch them take their first flight during daily presentations at 1 and 3pm. Stroll the outdoor gardens with a staff member to observe native butterflies and learn about the plants that attract them on Saturdays at 11am.

Blue Butterflies: Migration Across America
May 17–September 21
Indiana-based artist Tasha Lewis transforms the Cardinal Health Gallery with 4,000 cyanotype butterflies printed on cotton fabric. These butterflies have been installed in public spaces across the country. Tasha Lewis will be featured on the WOSU program Broad & High on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30pm and Sunday, July 27 at 5pm. Learn more here.

Amazing Butterflies
Explore this interactive maze that takes children on a journey to become a butterfly. Learn more
 
Release the 300,000th Butterfly! 
After twenty years of Blooms & Butterflies, the Conservatory will release its 300,000th butterfly on Saturday, August 2! Visit during Family Fun any Saturday in June or July, 11am–2pm, to register your child, ages 12 and under, to be selected as a special butterfly ambassador.The selected child will assist with the 1pm butterfly release and have the honor of releasing the celebratory butterfly! 

Blooms & Butterflies is sponsored by Cardinal Health Foundation, Giant Eagle, and Honda of America Mfg., Inc.



Amazing Butterflies

May 17–September 21
Families explore this outdoor, interactive experience and learn about the surprising challenges butterflies face every day. Adventure through the leaves, learn how to move like a caterpillar, discover an ant that reaps the reward of an unusual friendship, then transform into a butterfly to take flight! Created by The Natural History Museum in London and Minotaur Mazes.

Summer Bonsai Show

June 14–September 21, 2014
Enjoy the Conservatory's Bonsai Collection and learn about this traditional Japanese art form. 

Nine tropical bonsai, accompanied by Dale Chihuly’s Niijima Floats, are placed among the foliage displays in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, while an additional eight trees are on view in the outdoor courtyard and Zen Terrace. Members of the Columbus Bonsai Society answer questions and provide demonstrations on caring for bonsai on Saturdays, 1–4pm