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Events & Programs

Designing with Dahlias: September 22, 2021

Join the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory as we welcome certified organic grower Tania Cubberly of SkyFall Flowers for a FREE virtual lecture. Tania will introduce us to the beauty of dahlias and discuss the planting, growing conditions, and harvesting of this unique flower. Register HERE. A zoom link will be emailed to all…

Taste of Uncorked: September 24, 2021

Enjoy an evening of music and drinks in the garden at the Oak Park Conservatory for Taste of Uncorked.  Andy Pratt will provide the evening's entertainment.  This month's alcohol sponsors will be The Beer Shop and Anfora Wine Merchants.  Admission includes 2 drink tickets.   Ages 21+ Pre registration is required.  Click here to be...

An Introduction to the Wonderful World of African Violets (Gesneriads): October 14, 2021

Join us as the Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society President, Janet Spencer, presents a FREE virtual lecture on Gesneriads (African violets). Learn about this diverse plant family of over 3,500 species and countless cultivars that are widely distributed over all continents except Antarctica. You’ll learn variety of form, size, color, and ease of growing these amazing…

So You Want to Grow an Orchid? October 28, 2021

Join the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory along with Kay Perry from the Illinois Orchid Society for a FREE virtual lecture to learn about the care and growing of orchids. Questions answered in this talk: What is an orchid? How much light does it need? How much should I water? Should I really be…

Grow Your Own Mushrooms! November 11, 2021

Growing mushrooms is simple, unique, and rewarding! Join us for a FREE virtual lecture to learn how you can get started growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in your kitchen, basement, or backyard.  We will discuss the many ways to grow some of our favorite mushrooms like Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Wine Cap, and more….

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Wednesday morning Story Time: 10AM and 11AM

Enjoy stories, songs, and puppets led by our volunteer docents at the Oak Park Conservatory. All participants (children and caregivers) must register to attend story time. Story time takes place outside in our Discovery Garden, and inside the Conservatory during inclement weather.  This program is presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.  Free…

Job Opening — Volunteer and Program/Events Coordinator (Updated September 2021)

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory has an opening for a part-time Volunteer and Program/Events Coordinator (flexible 20 hours/week). Join our small team who works behind the scenes to support the Oak Park Conservatory. You will engage with our dedicated base of volunteers to place them in a variety of volunteer jobs. You will…

Year of the Butterfly Celebration at the Conservatory

In celebration of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 35th Anniversary, join us in the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden on Saturdays from 10:00am to noon, as we explore pollinators during the Year of the Butterfly. Our docents will bring you fascinating information and activities about a variety of pollinators. We are teaming up with...

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Videos and other materials from our Member Lectures and Learn & Grow series are available.  Just click on Previous Lectures from the Events + Programs drop down.