Mitchell Park Domes

Shakespeare to Bee or not to Bee Summer Garden Show

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory's Show Dome is transformed 5 times each year. Each Show Dome display has a specific theme, generally categorized as historical, cultural or fantasy, and is chosen at least a year in advance. Plants are selected specifically for a particular floral exhibit and grown in the Greenhouses located at the Mitchell Park Domes. Once in place, a show may last from six to fourteen weeks. Please note that Show Dome is closed for approximately two weeks between shows to transistion to the new theme.

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Rotating Exhibits / Events

  • To Bee or not To BEE


    To Bee or not To Bee, the summer floral show,  is a continuation of the Spring Shakespeare themed show with a honey bee twist. In addition to a selection of famous lines from Shakespeare works, there will be information on honey bees and a honey bee display.   The show  takes visitors on a journey through the language of flowers. As visitors walk along the pastel-tinted displays, they’ll see scroll-shaped signs with quotes from Shakespeare that relate to the nearby flowers.

    Dinos Under Glass Returns

    MAY 12 - OCTOBER 21

    The dinosaurs are baaaack!  Come to visit this exciting exhibit of life like dinosaurs in the Tropical and Desert Domes all summer and fall!

    Orchid Show & Sale

    SEPTEMBER 15 (9am-5pm) & 16 (9am-4pm)

    Enjoy orchid displays, exhibits, and programs showcasing this amazing exotic plant.

    Plant Power: An Evening with Essential Oils

    NOVEMBER 1, 2018 (6-9pm)
    $25 per person

    Come experience the restorative and healing power of plants at the Mitchell Park Domes new and exciting essential oil event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Domes and in partnership with doterra (the well-known international essential oil company) to bring a unique opportunity in introducing you to the world of essential oils and their significance in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Pick up your passport at the door and begin your travels as you visit stations throughout the facility which will educate you about the many aspects of using essential oils: aromatic, topical and internal uses, extraction methods, plant sourcing, what the most popular essential oils are and how they are used with the guidance of specialists, horticulturists, educators and wellness advocates.

    The evening will also include guided tours through the Conservatory’s global botanical collections and your own personal goodie bag with a customized essential oil rollerball, a rosemary plant from our very own Greenhouses, a drink ticket for an essential oil infused beverage and a chance to win a door prize!

    Lava bead jewelry vendors and the eclectic Friends of the Domes Gift Shop may even inspire you to kick-start your gift shopping early!

    So bring along your friends and make it an evening to de-stress and prepare yourself for the upcoming holiday and winter season. Great girl’s night out with live music, cash bar and food available for purchase from Zilli’s Hospitality Group.  Come on down, you owe it to yourself!

    Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
    Click Here to purchase tickets online.
    Tickets may also be purchased in the Domes Gift Shop after Sept. 1 or
    by calling the Friends of the Domes at 414-257-5608