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The 2021 Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Plant Sale has closed.

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Events & Programs

Get the Dirt — Your Seasonal Garden Questions Answered: May 18

Join us for this live virtual Q&A session to get gardening advice and tips from our plant experts. Plus, you’ll learn what to be doing now in your garden. You can submit questions in advance or come with your questions and our panelists will guide you. Register here for this program on May 18 from…

Take Home TET (Toddler Exploration Time): May 21

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…

Spring Plant & Tool Exchange and Plastic Pot Recycling: May 22

Join other gardeners and share your favorite plants and extra tools at the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory sponsored annual spring exchange.  Drop off material from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Conservatory.  Come back to pick up items from noon to 12:30 p.m.  Reduce Reuse Recycle! Save your garden plastic pots from the...

Urban Foraging with Nina Lawrin: June 3

You may be surprised by the number of edible plants you encounter every day. Join Nina Lawrin of Loveren Collections for an evening of fun exploration, possibilities, and conversation surrounding urban foraging within and around Chicago. Stimulating conversations around human-plant connection, biodiversity, and accessibility will be explored along with some foraged food recipes and guidelines….

News and Info

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...

House Plant Oasis Lecture — check out the video and presentation!

Our lecture on Creating an Indoor Oasis with Houseplants, presented by the Conservatory’s own Greenhouse Supervisor Kent Gentry, sold out!  But you can watch the video or download the slide presentation.

Seed Starting Lecture — Watch the video!

Our seed starting lecture, featuring local gardener extraordinaire Jill Niewoehner, sold out!  However, you can watch the video here.

The Conservatory has re-opened!

We are delighted to announce that IL Public Health guidelines have allowed the Conservatory to reopen to visitors!  Face masks must be worn at all times and a limit of 50 visitors are allowed per State guidelines. We welcome you to visit this community gem to breath in some fresh air as you enjoy the…