Each year we offer a number of annual events. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, March 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join us in celebrating South American rainforests as we highlight our Tropical Showroom. There will be masks and plenty of feathers as we nod to Brazil’s Carnaval! This annual family event presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory is free and includes hands-on educational activities for children and a chance to explore the Tropical, Mediterranean and Desert Rooms. Enjoy a free raffle, critters and refreshments.
Tickets required. Get FREE online tickets at
REMINDER: Guests are required to register and print tickets through the Park District website.
NEW in April! Learn and Grow Talks
In Celebration of the 30th Annual Plant Sale we are offering Learn and Grow Talks. The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Master Gardeners will highlight plants available for purchase at the 30th Annual Plant Sale. Learn about these plants, how to successfully grow them and use them! Registration is FREE to the public. Attendees must register here.
Thursday night Learn and Grow lectures start at 7 pm at the Conservatory.
April 4 – Become Expert at Growing Raised Bed Veggies by Jill Niewoehner
April 11 – Choose and Grow Pollinator Plants by Suzette Gacek
April 18 – Create a Stunning Patio Container Garden by Ellen Kuner
April 25 – Choosing and Growing Culinary Herbs by Sandy Lentz
Please note the Park District of Oak Park paper catalog has incorrect topics for April 4 and April 25. We apologize for any confusion. The above information is accurate.
Plant Sale – 30th Anniversary
Friday, May 3 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (FOPCON Members Only)
Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 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 FOPCON on our website.
Spring Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange
Saturday, May 18 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.
2019 Member Lecture Series: Connecting With Nature
FREE for FOPCON members; $10 for non-members.
Go to Join FOPCON on our website to become a member.
Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Biomimicry 101 with Rachel Hahs
Monday, June 17, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Native Bees with Adrian Fisher
Thursday, August 15, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Rain)Forest Bathing with Roberta Jannsen
Thursday, October 10, time and topic TBD
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
Every Fourth Friday, June through September
June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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. Uncorked is always a big hit!
REMINDER: Buy tickets in advance and save! $15 in advance / $18 at the door.
Purchase Uncorked tickets in advance online at http://pdop.org or in-person at the Oak Park Conservatory starting in June. ages 21+
Garden Walk – 26th Annual!
Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fall Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange
Saturday, September 7 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.