Events and Things To Do

28th Annual Plant Sale!   

Presented by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON)
at the Oak Park Conservatory,
615 Garfield
Over 100 varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables.
View the Plant Sale catalog here and make a shopping list!

Members’ Sale
Friday, May 5, 2 pm – 6 pm
Public Sale
Saturday, May 6, 8 am – 4 pm
Sunday, May 7, noon – 3 pm
Become a member and shop early at the Members’ sale or preorder.  Information on how to preorder will be sent to members on Thursday, March 30.  

Go to the Join FOPCON page to become a member!

The Exploration Station

The Exploration Station runs every Saturday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 pm September – May.  There is a different topic every month.
In April we learn about Soil. It’s right under our feet, but have you stopped to think what, if anything, lives under there? What is soil, where does it come from and why should we care what we are stepping on? Let’s take a look.

Toddler Exploration Time (TET), May 19, 2017

Third Fridays from 9:30 – 10:15 am and 10:45-11:30 am
September – November & January – May
TET provides you and your toddler guided activities highlighting a different topic each month. In May the topic is Plant Play. Space is limited to 18 children and their caregivers for each session. Because of the popularity of this program, pre-registration for this free event is required. Click here to register. Please enter through the main door ten minutes before the session.
Want to volunteer for either the Exploration Station or TET?
Click here or call 708-725-2460.

2017 Member Lecture Series: Cultivating Joy

FREE for FOPCON members;
$10 for non-members.

Go to Join FOPCON on our website to become a member.
Light refreshments will be served, and a special Conservatory Tour will be available after the lecture.

Monday, June 12, 7 to 8 p.m., Joy of Timing Color in the Garden
Lecturer: Nina Koziol
Nina will explore ways to make our gardens more colorful longer. Come take a spin around the color wheel as we explore how to use color in sun and in shade. Every gardener is an artist, and choosing different color flowers and foliage is one of the joys of gardening.
Nina Koziol is a long-time garden writer for the Chicago Tribune, Chicagoland Gardening and other publications. She teaches at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum. When she’s not doing those things, she’s gardening on her deer-infested acre in Palos Park.
Pre-register for the lectures at or in person at the Oak Park Conservatory (in advance or at the door) or Ridgeland Common using the form in the Park District paper catalog.

All lectures held at the Oak Park Conservatory.

Herbert M. Rubinstein Garden Restored

The newly restored Rubinstein Garden was just planted September 30th.  Stop by to view the stellar new design. The photo shows small Hosta and beautiful chartreuse Hakonechloa grass, Both of these will spread to make lovely mats. Other newly installed plants include oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia), Epimedium and large grasses.  The plant wall, too, will be rebuilt. In the spring it will be filled with green and flowering plants. Bluestone patio, grand planting, new plant wall—such a space! Drop by in the spring to see it grow.

Rubinstein Garden

Rubinstein Garden

 Look at the Wonderful FOPCON Video

The Parks Foundation produced an excellent video about FOPCON.  It is on their website as well as ours.  Take a look here:

Bravo to the Parks Foundation!