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The Conservatory's Catering to Mom

Posted by Jennifer Rogers on May 5, 2014

Your Mother’s Day plans and gifts have (hopefully) been planned and wrapped. But if you’re a last-minute gifter—or if you’re struggling to design a day that will really please Mom—consider Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The East Side oasis is offering a lineup of Mother’s Day-inspired events this weekend (May 10-11) that should do the trick for family and friends in need of ideas.

The conservatory’s Spring Flower Show is on display (it runs through June 8) and features a colorful mix of flowering bulbs and trees. Held indoors at the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, it’s a great place to begin the day.

Head to the Botanica gift shop next for the conservatory’s Mother’s Day plant sale. Spring annuals, perennials and vegetable plants—grown by the conservatory from GMO-free seeds—will be for sale. Grab eucalyptus, hummingbird sage, potted raspberries, terrariums and herbs planted in decorative teacups.

On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. moms and kids can participate in the Adopt a Butterfly program. “It’s first-come, first served, and the varieties will depend on what’s emerged,” says Lori Kingston, the conservatory’s marketing director. For $5, you’ll be able to choose your butterfly and release it into the Pacific Island water garden.

Sunday’s festivities end with a barbershop quartet performance. If music’s not your thing, take Mom to the Garden Café for a relaxing lunch of seasonal salads, sandwiches and a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

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