Upcoming Exhibitions

Blooms & Butterflies

March 7–September 27, 2015
Spring returns with the emergence of hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies. Watch them take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Daily presentations at 1 and 3pm share more about this fascinating species, and related family programming is offered throughout the season.

Opening Day Breakfast
Saturday, March 7, 8am–12pm
Catch flipped pancakes, and enjoy sausage, orange juice and coffee for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. No reservations required. Breakfast is $4 per person, children ages 12 and under eat free, general admission applies.

Spring Bulb Show

Spring, 2015
More than 70,000 tulips, narcissus, crocus, hyacinth and other vibrant stars of season fill the Conservatory’s gardens and courtyards for a dazzling celebration of spring.

Bonsai Show

April 11–September 27, 2015
The Conservatory’s bonsai collection is showcased among a serene display of tropical plantings in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Enjoy tropical and hardy bonsai and explore the history and technique of these horticultural works of art.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

May 16–September 27, 2015
Explore enormous insect sculptures created from fallen or found wood, cut saplings and branches, tree bark and other natural materials. Ten installations include an 18-foot tall praying mantis, a spider’s web that’s four yards wide, and a butterfly with a wingspan broader than average human height.

Scary Plants

October 3–November 15, 2015
This Halloween season take on the plant world includes pumpkin carvings like you have never seen before. Nationally exhibited artists from Villafane Studios carve humorous, weird and wild characters and display them in the Cardinal Health Gallery.

Merry & Bright

November 21, 2015–January 3, 2016

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias and seasonal foliage. Enjoy delightful entries in the annual gingerbread competition, a Paul Busse model garden railway and an array of family activities. Select evenings feature live entertainment and festive lighting throughout the Conservatory.