Events and Things to Do

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22nd Annual Garden Walk is June 28

The Garden Walk jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest is June 28.  Hours are 10:00 – 4:00.

This year nine spectacular private gardens showcase a wide variety of styles, plant choices and hardscape materials.  Also open to visitors are the Anne Smedlinghoff Memorial Garden at the River Forest Public Library and the Sculpture Garden at the Oak Park Art League.

Plan to enjoy the entire day.  Pre-order a pre-paid Whole Foods box lunch from the Garden Club,, for pick up at Cheney Mansion or bring your own picnic.  Cookies and lemonade provided to all.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the Walk. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the Oak Park Conservatory, the Magic Tree Bookstore, the Oak Park Visitors Bureau and Westgate Flower and Plant Shop. FOPCON members who purchase tickets at the Conservatory receive a discount.  For more information call 708-725-2400.

See you there.

Lots of Construction at the Conservatory

Conservatory construction3

Work has begun on the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden and along the Garfield frontage at the Conservatory.  Most plant material has been removed including the low yews which flanked both sides of the main entrance. Fencing is up surrounding the Conservatory.

While the outside is under construction the entrance will be through the Herbert M. Rubinstein Memorial Garden Gate on Clarence Avenue. The inside of the Conservatory will remain as beautiful as always.

The Exploration Station Is In Full Swing

The Exploration Station’s hours are Saturday hours are from 10:00 – 12:00 and Sunday the hours are 1:30 – 3:30.  The Exploration Station is open on most school holidays from 10:00 – 12:00.

The May topic is Butterflies as Pollinators.  We often talk about bees when we talk of pollinators, but butterflies are never mentioned. Let’s give butterflies their due and learn about these beautiful creatures and how to attract them into our own gardens.

Hope to see you there.

Toddler Exploration Is Closed for the Summer

Join us on Friday, September 18th when Toddler Exploration Time returns for another  season. Have a splendid summer.

Toddler Exploration Time (TET) is the third Friday of every month September – November and January – May. There are two sessions of TET.  The topic for each is the same but presented at different levels.

Session one is from 10:30 – 11:15 for children ages 18 month – 35 months and session 2 from 12:15 – 1:00 for children 3 – 5 years.  Each session is limited to 15 children plus caregivers.

Fun for all!

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!