Annual Events

Each year we offer a number of annual events. They are listed below. We will post each on our home page when as time becomes closer. We hope to see you at many of these events.

KidsFest
Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Children love KidsFest. Join us in celebrating the “Happy BirdDay” to George, our double yellow-head Amazon parrot, who lives in the Conservatory’s Tropical room. This annual family event, presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, is free and includes hands-on educational activities and crafts for children and a chance to explore our Tropical, Mediterranean and Desert rooms. Enter a free raffle and enjoy refreshments during your stay. This is a FREE event.

Plant Sale
Friday, May 5, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (For FOPCON Members Only)
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from noon – 3 p.m.

This annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. The sale features a large selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers, including many unique varieties, almost all of which are grown in our Conservatory greenhouses. This spring event is an Oak Park institution and should be experienced by everyone. FOPCON members can pre-order and/or shop early on Friday. To become a member, go to Join on the website.

Spring Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join other gardeners and share your favorite perennials, houseplants and extra garden tools at the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory sponsored annual Spring Exchange.  Drop off materials from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Conservatory. Come back to pick up your selection from noon – 12:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Thursday, August 17, 7 to 8 p.m., Joy of Harvesting
Lecturer: Regan Cronin
Regan Cronin of Good Earth Greenhouse will present the best practices of how and when to gather your bounty. She will divulge simple secrets that make a difference as well as share information on how to start your own see saving vault.

Sunday, October 22, 2 to 3 p.m., Joy of Preserving the Harvest
Lecturer: Cheryl Munoz
Cheryl of Sugar Beet Co-op will share her harvesting know how! Enjoy your harvest until Spring with some new ideas for canning, freezing, and drying. Find joy in new simple techniques to make life easier.

Pre-register for the lectures at registration.pdop.org 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.

Uncorked at the Oak Park Conservatory
Fourth Fridays, June – September
June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Purchase Uncorked tickets in advance online at pdop.org or at the Oak Park Conservatory starting June 1. Go to www.fopcon.org/w/join to become a member.

Enjoy Summer at the Conservatory with music, wine and craft beer and appetizers on the fourth Fridays. Our vendors are local. We also feature an artisan offering their wares and we provide showcase tours. Admission includes two drink tickets and one food token.   Must be 21 or over. Uncorked is always a big hit!

New for 2017: Buy tickets in advance and save!  $18 at the door/$16 in advance. $14 in advance for FOPCON members (one per individual member; two per family member; four per premier member).

Garden Walk – 24th Annual!
Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 24th Annual Oak Park River Forest Garden Walk showcases nine unique gardens and one neighborhood-created space.  Get ideas for your garden as you stroll through private gardens on the annual Garden Walk. This is a self-guided tour through a number of gardens in Oak Park and River Forest. Venture through multiple design styles and see a wide variety of plants. “Plein Air” artists will be painting in some gardens and a sculptor will be at Cheney Mansion.

Tickets go on sale June 1: $15 in advance and $20 on event day. $13 in advance for FOPCON members (one per individual member; two per family member; four per premier member). You can purchase tickets on line at http://gcoprf.org, at the reception desk at the Oak Park Conservatory or at selected merchants.

Fall Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange
Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join other gardeners and share your favorite perennials, houseplants and extra garden tools at the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory sponsored annual Fall Exchange. Drop off materials from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Conservatory. Come back to pick up items from noon – 12:30 p.m.