If you're struggling to design a day that will really please Mom, consider Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for a Mother's Day outing.
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.