The Park District of Oak Park has temporarily reduced the hours and activities at the Conservatory due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Many of the Friends’ programs and events have been affected.  As the Park District re-evaluates the situation with us, we will make all efforts to update the status of our programs and events with you.  Please check back for updates.  Thank you

Each year we offer a number of annual events.  We hope to see you there!

KidsFest
Sunday, March 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What’s All this Buzz About?  Join us to discover and celebrate honey bees, beekeeping and what makes them so special.  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.

Tickets are required.  Entry is every half hour.  Register for your FREE online tickets at pdop.org, the Park District of Oak Park website.

 

Learn and Grow Talks:  CANCELLED due to COVID-19

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Master Gardeners will highlight plants that will be available at our Annual Plant Sale. Come learn about them, how to use them, and how to successfully grow them! 

All lectures Thursdays at 7 PM at the Conservatory.

April 2 – Plan and Prep Your Garden, speaker Don Nekrosius
April 9 – Edibles & Raised Beds, speaker Ellen Kuner
April 16 – Planting for Pollinators, speaker Suzette Gacek
April 23 – Container Companions, speaker Ave Zuccarino

Registration is FREE to the public.  Register online at pdop.org, the Park District of Oak Park website.

 

NEW for 2020:  Plant Sale All Online
For over thirty years, FOPCON volunteers and the Park District of Oak Park have joined together to provide the community with the very best in plants for our gardens. From the first “Herb and Scented Plant Sale” in 1989 until today, this sale has provided carefully grown plants while raising funds in support of our historic Conservatory.

Due to current concerns related to the Coronavirus, we will not be hosting an in-person sale this year. All customers should order online and select a pick-up window: orders will be pulled and ready to be delivered to cars at that time.

 

Spring Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange: CANCELLED due to COVID-19
Saturday, May 16 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.

 

Uncorked at the Oak Park Conservatory
Every Fourth Friday, June through September from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
June 26: CANCELLED due to COVID-19
July 24: CANCELLED due to COVID-19
August 28
September 25

Enjoy Summer at the Conservatory with live music, wine, and craft beer on the fourth Fridays. Admission to the 2020 Taste of Uncorked includes two drink tickets. Uncorked is always a big hit!  $12 per ticket.

You must purchase Uncorked tickets in advance online at pdop.org, the Park District of Oak Park website .

 

27th Annual Garden Walk: CANCELLED due to COVID-19
Sunday, June 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 27th annual Oak Park and River Forest (OPRF) Garden Walk, originally set for June 28, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 social distancing concerns.  The Committee thanks this year’s homeowners and the Oak Park Art League for their generous support and looks forward to working with them again next year.  The Garden Walk is a joint venture of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest.  Proceeds from the Walk fund the missions of both organizations, including educational programs and scholarships.

 

Fall Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange

Saturday, September 12 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.