Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

We arrived at the Franklin Park Conservatory late on an afternoon when the conservatory was undergoing frantic preparations to prepare for both an event later that evening and the forthcoming opening of a Bruce Munro light show. (I’ll provide more information on that later.) Despite these potential distractions, it felt a lot like we had been transported to a magical tropical paradise.

Some of that is simply the result of being surrounded by beautiful tropical plants.

orchidspitcher plantorchid cactitropical flowersThe butterflies help sustain the illusion too.

butterfliesbutterfly However, much of the conservatory’s magic is due to the artful interplay of the natural beauty of the plantings with colorful Chihuly glass and the subtle lighting set-up for upcoming Munro show.

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26 20130920-DSC_6423 Chuhuly glass at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio Chihuly glass interior view Chihuly glass Chihuly painting canna and glass leaf and glass 40 20130920-DSC_6200 conservatory in Columbus Ohio - loaded Munro glass Munro glass 48 20130920-DSC_6305 Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio The combination is otherworldly

The Franklin Park Conservatory has a number of glass pieces by Dale Chihuly and may well be the only conservatory in the country with its own hot shop for glass making. While there are always a number of Chihuly pieces on display, through November 17, 2013, a large selection is on display throughout the conservatory.

The Bruce Munro light show is on display through February 8, 2014. To allow visitors to see the show at its glowing finest, the conservatory will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. It looks like it will be wonderful.

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