Events and Things to Do

Join Us for the Final Uncorked on September 26

The final Uncorked of the season is September26!  Join us between 6:00 – 8:00.  Enjoy music, art by Karen Johnson, wine & craft beer from the Marion Street Cheese Market and appetizers from New Rose Catering.  Tickets only $15 per person.

For more information phone 708-725-2400 or email

Come to the Perennial Exchange

Have too much monarda?  Way too much vinca?  How about too many hosta?  If so, then come to the perennial exchange on September 6th. Drop off potted and labeled perennial plants at the alley gate, south of the Conservatory from 9:30 – 11:30. You will receive coupons for each perennial donation.   Return between noon and 12:30 with your coupons to pick from the perennials donated by others.

Best of all it is free!



Coming Next Summer
The Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden

An exciting outdoor garden along the East Avenue side of the Conservatory will open in the summer of 2015.

The new Garden will turn a rarely used space into a lively green space that will be enjoyed by young and old alike. The design creates nooks and paths with opportunities to observe, touch and interact with plants and natural materials, through self-guided activities and facilitated programs. The planting beds will demonstrate miniature ecosystems –  wet, dry and woodland. Visitors will be urged to touch and smell the plants.    A manual pump will give children the opportunity to send water down a narrow trench running the whole length of the Garden.  The entire space will be fenced.  Paths will meander through the space.

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory are providing all the funds necessary for construction and planting of the new Garden. 

The Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden will be splendid.

Think Plants!

To provide some guidance, here are a few articles to help with the summer gardening season:


More Insects in the garden 2 of 4 (2)

If you build it they will come 3 of 4 (2)

Companion Planting 1 of 4 (2)

Exploration Station & Toddler Exploration Time (TET)

Both the Exploration Station and TET are on vacation until September.  Have a grand summer.  We’ll see you in the fall.

Exploration Station