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Franklin Park Conservatory Will Open New Children’s Garden On May 19

Big things are happening at Franklin Park Conservatory. On May 19, The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will finally be unveiled.

The garden is the largest horticultural project in Conservatory history. The Grand Opening event will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with remarks from Bruce Harke, Conservatory president and CEO, and Cindy Tyler, the lead designer from Terra Design Studios. Afterward, the gates to the Children’s Garden will be open.

The garden is 2 acres of interactive experiences. Visitors will enter through a colorful rainbow-themed stained glass archway. There is a living willow tunnel for the kids, a waterfall that leads to a wetland area, and a rope bridge that leads to a hammock overlook.

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There is also a pocket garden for musical performances near a puppet show stage and another small garden for quiet reading sessions near the outdoor library. The Children’s Garden will feature an educational pavilion with nearby edible garden beds, an all-natural playhouse with a living roof, fairy gardens, a whisper bench, and more.

Sustainability is one of the most important missions that the Conservatory has, and the Children’s Garden will act as an outreach and education area, emphasizing health and natural sciences.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory, located at 1777 E Broad St. For more information about The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden, please click here.

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