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Monday, January 31, 2011

Franklin Park Conservatory Part 2

Franklin Park Conservatory is truly a central Ohio jewel. The glass Victorian style conservatory was first opened to the public in 1895. This is known as the Palm House and is only one part of the conservatory. Today, a visitor can experience many different biomes, such as the Himalayan Mountains, the Tropical Rainforest, the Desert, and the Pacific Island Water gardens. Its outdoor campus includes daylily gardens, trial gardens and beautiful perennial gardens. Franklin Park Conservatory is also the headquarters of the American Community Gardening Association. This campus includes culinary gardens, community garden plots, and learning gardens. At dusk, artist James Turrell's Light Raiment II Installation lights up the Palm House and can be viewed from the outside. This is a show of many colors. Don't miss it!

A red Anthurium in the Pacific Water gardens

A black Anthurium in the Tropical Rainforest

A white Anthurium in the Pacific Water gardens

A pink Anthurium in the Pacific Water gardens

Rose Grape in the Pacific Water gardens

Close up flower of a Rose Grape in the Pacific Water gardens

Orchid basket hanging in the Palm House

A Calamondine Tree in the Show House

A Jade plant in bloom in the desert

A Bromeliad in bloom in the Tropical Rainforest

An outdoor winter view of a Chihuly display

A tropical hibisbus in the Show House

A wall of orchids in the Show House

Closeup of an orchid

A winter daylily graveyard (one of my favorite places in summer)

Entertainment in the Tropical Rainforest

Paul Busse’s fairytale garden railway in the Show House graced with orchids

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