It has been a while since we have gone into the facility known as The Franklin Park Conservatory.
Quite a bit has changed, especially on the outside part of the park grounds.
Inside, the different biomes are still there, with most of the same plants there as we remembered. The connector between the gift shop and the palm house still contains some very cool bonsai.
The exhibit is more ornate than what we last remembered.
The palm house has not changed, but is still magnificent, with its fountains and curved staircases.
Above, is the bloom of the corpse plant, a.k.a. titan arum. The conservatory planted a seed for this in 2012. This is the first time that this plant has produced a bloom.
When the plant fully blooms, it puts off a scent that is close to that of rotting flesh. This smell brings the pollinators that it needs to reproduce, which are flies and beetles.
The bloom will only stay open for 1-2 days. It could be several years before the corpse plant blooms again.
As mentioned previously, the majority of the changes to the Conservatory are outside. There is a children’s garden. This massive area has many natural play areas and natural works of art.
For instance, the above and several following images show sculptures of animals that are made from living plants!
A little levity is needed in our current COVID19 time. Below, one of the garden gnomes dons a protective face mask.
For those curious, the Conservatory staff is constantly taking measures to ensure that surfaces are sanitized.
Even though it may state that it is a children’s garden, it is worth a stroll through the area to see what they have done.
If you’ve not been to the Franklin Park Conservatory in a while, it might be time to take another look. Adult admission prices are $19.