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Events & Programs

Seed Starting: January 28

Are you interested in growing vegetables from seed? Come learn how to start your veggie garden indoors so you can transplant in spring. We’ll cover where to purchase seeds, how to set up for optimal growth, how to thin, and ways to promote strong healthy plants for your garden. This virtual program is presented by…

Story Time at the Conservatory: Wednesday mornings

Story Time is back by popular demand!  Story Time moves indoors during the winter months, with limited capacity to allow for social distancing. Enjoy stories, songs, and puppets led by our volunteer docents inside the Conservatory. Adults and children must both register to attend this event. Only registered participants will be admitted. Maximum of 15...

Create an Indoor Oasis with Houseplants: February 11

Growing houseplants is a great way to start gardening while enhancing the beauty and health of your home. You’ll learn about different types of houseplants, growth requirements, identification, and treatment of common diseases, as well as ongoing maintenance tips.   You can shop our Valentine’s Market online or in person February 13th for these great plants!…

Take Home TET (Toddler Exploration Time): Third Friday of the month

Young learners will be delighted with stories, lessons and crafts lead virtually by our education docents.  Participants will pick up a craft bag from the Oak Park Conservatory prior to the lesson with all the pieces needed to complete the craft.  On Friday, we will join virtually to make the project during the Take Home…

Tree and Shrub Pruning Basics: February 25, 2021

Although it may be cold and snowy outside, winter is actually the best time of year to prune your deciduous plants. Learn when to get out your pruners, how to take a critical look at your trees and shrubs, and the best approach to promote shape and thin your plants before spring. A link to…

Donate today to our Annual Appeal

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory plans to celebrate its 35th Anniversary in 2021. We have the community to thank for the strength and longevity of this institution. While we are now on the National Registry of Historic Places, in the 1970s the Conservatory was in disrepair and was slated to be demolished to...

News and Info

Job Opening — Volunteer and Program/Events Coordinator

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…

Extended Conservatory Closure due to COVID-19

The Conservatory remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.  FOPCON staff continues to work remotely, so email is the best line of communication at this time.  We look forward to seeing you back on site as soon as it is deemed safe to do so!

Unable to attend a lecture? We can help!

We are pleased to share video and/or PowerPoint presentations from some of our recent lectures. Click below to learn more: more content will be added as it becomes available.

Bulb Planting for Spring Blooms 101 presentation

The Spring Blooms 101 Virtual Lecture on Sept 17 was a success.  We are happy to share the powerpoint presentation.  And also please enjoy the recording.  Thanks to our lecturer Krista Kupperschmidt, Park District Horticulture Supervisor and moderator, Ellen Kuner, Friends Board member. Check back for more virtual lectures in the coming months.