This week, we took a field trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. During the summer, the conservatory has a program called “Butterflies and Blooms” where they released newly emerged butterflies into the gardens. The tropical/non-native species are released to an indoor garden and the native species are released outside to the pollinator gardens. Since we raise butterflies to release in early September every year, it was the perfect opportunity for the kids to see the life cycle happen on a larger scale…with hundreds of chrysalids!
The Franklin Park Conservatory has a permanent Chihuly collection, and so Chihuly's works were incorporated into every exhibit.
I loved this piece...it was a glass ceiling with this Chihuly work sitting on top of it.
Some cacti in the desert room.
Some smaller cacti
Blown glass pumpkins in a pumpkin patch
Blown glass pears under a pear tree
We all sat in on a lecture on glass blowing
Some Chihuly pieces floating in a koi pond
Jedi watching the fish
Cute little Bug
Beautiful flower in the Tropical Rainforest indoor butterfly exhibit
This blue butterfly was huge! It's hard to see from this picture, but he was easily the size of my hand.
Bug and her daddy
Monkey & Jedi
As she was releasing the butterflies, she gave a talk on the different types she had in her container. We also went to the release of the native butterflies later that afternoon, where she gave a lecture on the lifecycle and migratory patterns of monarch butterflies.
Some glass winged butterflies emerging
Walking to the outdoor gardens
It was well past naptime for Bug
Some flowers in the Pollinator Garden
Some pitcher plants
Another pitcher plant
Sunflowers on a gorgeous day
A huge bee doing his job in the Pollinator Garden