An amazing new addition is coming to Columbus and you’re invited to the Grand Opening!

Come celebrate The Children’s Garden Grand Opening at the Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 E Broad St Columbus) this Saturday May 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The largest horticultural project in Conservatory history, The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation’s Children’s Garden, is finally being unveiled!

Remarks will begin at 9:30 a.m., as Bruce Harkey, Conservatory president and CEO, and Cindy Tyler, the lead designer from Terra Design Studios, introduce this highly anticipated project. The gates to the Children’s Garden will open promptly after remarks.

The 2-acre Children’s Garden features a collection of interactive experiences paying homage to Ohio’s landscape. The space includes a colorful rainbow-themed entrance with stained glass archway for all visitors, and a living willow tunnel for kids, a trickling waterfall leading to a naturalized wetland area and a rope bridge leading to a hammock overlook, a pocket garden for musical performances near the puppet show stage and another for quiet reading sessions near the outdoor library, an educational pavilion with nearby edible garden beds, an all-natural playhouse with a living roof, faery gardens, a whisper bench, and so much more.

The Children’s Garden supports the Conservatory’s outreach and education mission by promoting active learning for all ages, with emphasis on health and the natural sciences. It is part of the Conservatory’s long-term plan to ensure the sustainability of the organization for generations to come.

For more information about the brand-new Children’s Garden, visit

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