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Summer Stored in Franklin Park Conservatory

An In-Town Tourist Feature:
…because Adventure begins in the heart and Travel starts at the end of your own driveway.


Ohio winters challenge the hiking, biking, beach girl in me. Bundling up for a hike or layering for a run in the woods isn’t too bad most of the time, but the lingering listless gray can creep into a body even when the chill has been held at bay.

I have to attack the winter months a little. Find ways to ride over them like a beach ball on a wave. The gym works. Warm weather getaways work even better! But one of our better options locally is Franklin Park Conservatory. I can always find a bit of summer inside that stately structure and, for a few minutes, completely forget the wind chill waiting in the parking lot.

The Conservatory is a Christmastime tradition with festive poinsettias, a model train display and whimsical gingerbread houses. The seasonal attractions, including a phenomenal juggling act are always top notch. But for me, the best part is always wandering into greened spaces and spying summer blooms.

Updated from January 12, 2011.

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Butterfly on Chihuly Glass

Featured Photo:  Butterfly on Chihuly Glass (Franklin Park Conservatory; Columbus, Ohio)

This is a deceptively simple shot taken during Franklin Park Conservatory’s annual Blooms and Butterflies where brand new butterflies flutter freely amidst the lush foliage of the Asian Pacific Garden and Dale Chihuly’s magnificent blown glass pieces. Photographing a butterfly’s brief landing requires educated anticipation, a lot of patience and a bit of luck.


Garden Glass

Our winter white needed a color accent or two.  Last week, my annual mission to survive and even thrive through yet another freezing February took us to Franklin Park Conservatory near downtown Columbus.

The facility is a favorite for school groups and clubs.  Wandering through the lush indoor gardens without the clamor of hundreds of elementary-aged students was an entirely new experience.

The latest Dale Chihuly glass installation mimicked and enhanced the natural.  The artists’ pieces fit into foliage as  if they’d blown into life on organic pace with the plants growing next to them.  The result? Tranquility tinged with a vibrancy that left one breathless to see what was around the corner and yet, reluctant to move one’s eyes from the exceptional beauty already found.

More Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory photos to come…

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