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August 2020

Taste of Uncorked: August 28, 2020 — SOLD OUT

Enjoy an evening of music and drinks in the garden at the Oak Park Conservatory for Taste of Uncorked.  Timothy Robyn Coan will provide the evening’s entertainment.  Admission includes 2 drink tickets.   Ages 21+ Pre registration is required.  Click here to be taken to the Park District of Oak Park’s registration page. $12 per ticket  

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August 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

September 2020

Fall Perennial & Tool Exchange: September 12, 2020

Join other gardeners in our outside garden and share your favorite perennials, houseplants and extra garden tools at FOPCON’s annual Fall Exchange. Advanced registration is required to attend this free event.  Drop off materials at the Rubinstein garden gate from 9:30-11:30A at the Conservatory. Come back to pick up items from 12:00-12:30P. Social distancing lines will be established for social distancing browsing.  Please wear a mask & garden gloves! Click here to register.

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September 12, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

Bulb Planting for Spring Blooms 101 Virtual Lecture: September 17, 2020

Join bulb experts to learn about the basics of planting fall bulbs for spring blooms. Participants will learn when and how to plant bulbs, how to select bulbs for your garden, and how many you need. Ask your questions on growing bulbs and how to get started. FREE. Register here. A zoom link will be sent out to participants the day of the event.

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September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Taste of Uncorked: September 25, 2020

Enjoy an evening of music and drinks in the garden at the Oak Park Conservatory for Taste of Uncorked.  Andy Pratt will provide the evening’s entertainment.  Admission includes 2 drink tickets.   Ages 21+ Pre registration is required.  Click here to be taken to the Park District of Oak Park’s registration page. $12 per ticket

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September 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

October 2020

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 make way for a parking lot!  We’re so grateful to the community members who stepped in to preserve this 90-year old building. Because they did… Find out more »
October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Compost 101 Virtual Lecture: October 7, 2020

What is compost? How do you incorporate it into your garden and lawn? What are the different types of compost and how do you create your own? This lecture will help you understand how to use organic matter in your garden. FREE for FOPCON members; $10 for non-members. Visit www.fopcon.org to become a member. To register for the event, click here.

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October 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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November 2020

Shop the 2020 Winter Greens Market: in person or online!

Market open November 13th and runs until December 20th, 2020.  In-person shopping runs during normal Conservatory hours: 10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday. Shop the Oak Park Conservatory’s Winter Greens Market for a selection of winter greens for your home. An array of fresh greens including balsam, fir, boxwood, winter berries, magnolia tips and spruce tops will be available along with many other natural items for your winter decoration needs.  There is also a lovely selection of poinsettias, amaryllis, and other winter-flowering plants. Drop…

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November 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - December 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

January 2021

Seed Starting: January 28

This event has reached maximum capacity.  We will record the seminar and post a link on our website within one week.  Thank you for your support and understanding! 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…

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January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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February 2021

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! A link to this virtual program will be emailed prior to the event. This virtual program is presented by the Friends of the Oak Park…

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February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 this virtual program will be emailed prior to the event.  This virtual program is presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Ages 18+…

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February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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