Upcoming Exhibitions

Columbus Blooms

April 2017
A delightful celebration of spring! Over 100,000 flowering tulips, narcissus, hyacinth and much more can be seen planted throughout the park and Conservatory. Immerse yourself within the hundreds of blooms and the vibrant colors of spring.

Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders

May 20–October 29, 2017
Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders celebrates the art of living sculpture. Focusing on endangered animals, horticulturists will plant, design and sculpt 14 topiaries to be placed throughout the Conservatory’s courtyards and biomes. As guests walk through the Conservatory exploring the different regions of the world, they will encounter native, sculpted animals along the way.

In the Cardinal Health Gallery
Topography Topiary Terrain - Photography Inspired by Manipulation

May 20–September 17, 2017
This photography exhibition by CCAD students, alumni and faculty explores the manipulation of nature through lighting, perspective and design techniques. Using the Conservatory’s lush foliage and diverse plant collections as a catalyst to create new works, artists share their unique interpretation of man’s ability to appropriate the natural world.


Bonsai Display

June 3–November 12, 2017
The Conservatory’s tropical bonsai collection is showcased within a serene, Japanese-inspired garden in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse.  This year, Wabi-Sabi—the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature—serves as the underlying theme for the show. Additional hardy bonsai trees are on display in an outdoor courtyard.

Merry & Bright

November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018
Open until 9pm December 1–31 (Except December 24 & 25)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities and special entertainment.