Conservatory has new entrance


Staff Report



Columbus – Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens recently ushered in the future with a dedication event for their donors for it’s new, $2.5 million Main Visitor Entrance and Atrium on October 19.

The new Main Visitor Entrance features a glass vestibule that welcomes guests to the Visitor’s Center and is flanked with a GreenScapes Live Wall which is a floor to vaulted ceiling plant wall. The Live Wall is currently home to 186 plants including Neon pothos, Silver satin pothos, Heartleaf philodendron, and Spider plants.

The new space also extends the square footage for visitors with the addition of an East Terrace, perfect for a breath of fresh air or and evening cocktail reception.

Major updates were also made to the Conservatory’s Atrium. The Atrium updates and the new visitor entrance compliment the modern design concept used in the interior and exterior spaces and continues to elevate Conservatory’s horticulture by advancing its goals of becoming a world-class botanical garden.

“This is an extremely exciting time for the Conservatory,” said Bruce Harkey, Executive Director of the Franklin Park Conservatory. “The new Main Entrance isn’t only beautiful but it is literally and figuratively the doors to a new era for our organization as we close a Master Plan that spanned the last 25 years. We have an ambitious new Master Plan that extends 10 years into the future and focuses on transforming the visitor experience by creating more opportunities for families and children, and increases the scope and awareness of our community outreach and education programs.”

The new Main Entrance and Atrium updates were made possible by the generous donations of public and private donors of the Franklin Park Conservatory.

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Information for this story was provided by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Information for this story was provided by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.