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All aboard! Next stop: Franklin Park Conservatory

All aboard! Next stop: Franklin Park Conservatory

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If you’ve been wondering when you’ll have the chance to get lost in another Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens exhibit, well…wonder no more! 

Starting tomorrow, Franklin Park Conservatory will be hosting the Paul Busse Garden Railway through Jan. 6, 2021. The displays are erected in the outdoor gardens of the Grand Mallway in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the John F. Wolfe Palm House.

Applied Imagination, an award-winning group of creatives and producers of some of the most beautiful garden displays, said the Paul Busse Garden Railway will feature 1,122 feet of miniature train tracks that “weave through gardens, over visitors’ heads, and alongside waterfalls.” Busse, a graduate of Ohio State University, began his model railway career by creating a railroad for the Ohio State Fair in 1982.


“We saw more people than ever connecting with nature during the pandemic, and the Paul Busse Garden Railway is a great way for the community to continue this appreciation. This exhibition invites visitors to look at plant life in a different way, right down to every sculptural detail. We are so excited to welcome the community back to the Conservatory with an exhibition that celebrates nature through an Ohio artist’s eyes.”

Conservatory President and CEO Bruce Harkey in a press release

For information on health and safety guidelines to follow when visiting the exhibit, head to the website here. The Paul Busse Garden Railway is also sponsored by the Cardinal Health Foundation and Giant Eagle, with support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council. 


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