Events and Things to Do

Help the Garden Walk Committee

For the past 23 years the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory have co-sponsored the annual Garden Walk.  While the 24th Garden Walk is not until June 25, 2017, there are many tasks to do now as well as in the winter and spring.  Interested in helping with ad sales, publicity, selecting raffle items or working with volunteers?  For more information or to volunteer, email
Sue Boyer,  or phone 708-383-8632.

Gorgeous garden on the Walk

Gorgeous garden on the Walk

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

It’s Bulb Sale Time!


The Conservatory’s Bulb Sale opens to the public September 23rd and continues through fall while supplies last.

Click Here for the Bulb Sale Catalog and the Order Form.

The Exploration Station

The Exploration Station runs every Saturday from 10:30 – 12:30 and Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 September – May. There is a different topic every month. In October the topic is Seasonal Seeds. Having spent the summer growing in the sun, plants are getting ready for the cold of winter. Plants are producing seeds and preparing the next generation to sprout comes spring. From the large to the tiny, smooth to spiky, seeds are the promise that spring will return. Let’s take a look at seeds.

Toddler Exploration Time (TET), November 18th

Third Fridays from 9:30 – 10:15 and 10:45-11:30 September – November & January – May, TET provides you and your toddler guided activities highlighting a different topic each month.   In November the topic is A Tree is a Home. 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 by calling 708-725-2460.

Thank You for a Grand 30th Anniversary Celebration

Thanks to all who helped, attended and donated to FOPCON’s 30th aniversary celebration on September 10th.  What a lovely event!  A perfect place to renew friendships, get caught up with what friends are doing and meet new people.  The arrangements were excellent — the Conservatory is such a grand venue.  The food and wine from Novo! was yummy and bountiful.  Kinslahger provided craft beer.  The silent auction extensive and a busy place.  Music from both the Living Room Players and the Madrigal Singers from Grace Episcopal Church glorious.  Even the weather cooperated.

Thanks to those who participated, we raised about $25,000 all to help the Conservatory.

 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!