Events and Things to Do

Find these trees in the Conservatory Mediterranean Room

Powder Puff tree, calliandra haematocephala from Southern Brazil

Ponderosa Lemon tree, citrus lemon cv. Ponderosa


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.
January we will learn about Staying Alive. Extreme weather is hard on every living thing. How do plants and animals survive and thrive in the worst of weather? We’ll take a look at adaptations that make it possible for these plants and animals to survive whatever Mother Nature throws their way.

Toddler Exploration Time (TET), February 17, 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 February the topic is Numbers. 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.

The Discovery Garden

Open 7 days a week, 10 am – dusk.
During Conservatory hours, enter through the main doors of the Conservatory,
Tuesday — Sunday 10 am – 4  pm.
When the Conservatory is closed, enter through the Discovery Garden gate on the corner of Garfield and East Avenue, Mondays 10 am – dusk, Tuesday — Sunday 4 pm – dusk.
With heavy snow or very cold temperatures the Garden is closed to protect our plants inside the Conservatory.
Note that the pump is turned off from the end of October through March. 

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!