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March 2020

Our “Friends in Bloom” Membership Drive

Membership Drive 2020

Join today!  Start enjoying all the benefits of membership, including the following: – Free admission to our Learn & Grow lecture series (every Thursday in April) and Member Lectures. – Members only early shopping and preordering for our highly anticipated 2020 Plant Sale (May 1-3).   – Our exciting NEW perk:  FREE admission and/or reciprocal privileges at over 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories nationwide. Join at the Premier level and you’ll receive a FREE Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory tote bag…

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March 1 - April 15
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

KidsFest March 1st, 10 am – 2 pm

KidsFest at the Conservatory 2019

Come to our FREE event at the Oak Park Conservatory!!  Due to the popularity of this event – tickets are required. What’s All this Buzz About?  This year we are celebrating honey bees, beekeeping and what makes them so special.  This annual family event includes hands-on educational activities, scavenger hunt, and fun crafts.  Sign up for your FREE timed entry tickets online through the Park District’s site. KidsFest is for ALL AGES. Hope to see you there! Tickets Required.  Find…

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March 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

Plant Sale 2020 moves Online

Our 31st Annual Plant Sale has moved to online-only due to circumstances this year with COVID-19.  Order plants online with curbside pick-up.   Click HERE to begin your online shopping.  Shopping is available through April 26.  Choose a pick-up time when you place your order – May 11 through May 14.   For a listing of plants and descriptions and a shopping list to assist you when you shop online, please check out our 2020 Plant Sale catalog. Our community partners at Good Earth…

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March 30 @ 8:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm

April 2020

Learn and Grow lectures in April – To Be Determined

Learn and Grow 2020

The Conservatory is temporarily closed due Coronavirus (COVID-19).  All programs at the Conservatory will not be available during the closure.  April 2 lecture is Cancelled.  Please check back for updates on our Learn and Grow lectures scheduled for Thursdays in April.  We will do our best to communicate the status of our programming and events in the coming months as we learn more from the Park District of Oak Park on the status of the Conservatory.  Thank you

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April 2 @ 8:00 am - April 23 @ 5:00 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

POSTPONED – West Cook Wild Ones Conference April 4th

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It has become necessary in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus that our community partner, West Cook Wild Ones is postponing the Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference at the Unity Temple in Oak Park.  Please go to the West Cook Wild Ones website for details.  

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April 4 @ 12:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street
Oak Park, Illinois

May 2020

2020 Plant Sale

Thank you to everyone who shopped the Friends online Plant Sale this year!  We look forward to seeing you at your curbside pick up timeslot scheduled May 11 – 15.  Be sure to sign up if you have not  done so already.  We will contact you with details.  We truly appreciate the support of our patrons as this is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We also appreciate the volunteers who will help with curbside pickup.    Be well and…

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May 11 @ 4:00 pm - May 15 @ 4:00 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

Virtual Lecture May 27 at 7 pm

Guest presenter Stephanie Walquist of West Cook Wild Ones will teach us about the benefits of native plants: how to select the best plants for shade, wet and sunny gardens; where to purchase natives, and how to care for them.  Stephanie is Vice-President and co-founder of the West Cook Wild Ones.   Registration is required for this FREE lecture.   A Zoom link will be sent prior to the lecture with login instructions.

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May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

July 2020

Get the Dirt — Your Garden Questions Answered: July 23, 2020

Join us for this free, live Q&A session to get gardening advice and tips from our master gardeners and Oak Park Conservatory’s Director of Horticulture. 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.  To register, click here.

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July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online,

Succulents Virtual Lecture: July 30, 2020

Learn how to nurture succulents and help them thrive. Discover the best light, location and humidity for your plants. Plus you’ll learn when and how to repot your plants and how to determine signs of stress. FREE for FOPCON members with code, $10 for non-members. Visit www.fopcon.org to become a member. To register for the event, click here.

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July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online,

August 2020

Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest Virtual Lecture: August 5, 2020

Local food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster will cover five ways to preserve your garden harvest – from canning to freezing to drying and root-cellaring. Emily will offer in-depth descriptions of fermentation and water-bath canning, versatile and accessible methods of home food preservation suitable for many common home-grown fruits and vegetables. FREE. To register for the event, click here.

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August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online,
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