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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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April 2021

Learn and Grow Lectures are back!

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Master Gardeners will highlight plants that will be available at our Annual Plant Sale. Come learn with us — programs are for all gardening levels. Registration is required for these free virtual programs. A Zoom link will be sent to participants in advance. April 8 (7-8pm) – Essential Garden Tools & Care: When it comes to gardening, the right tools for the job really do make a difference. Join the Friends of the…

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April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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May 2021

Spring Open House — May 1, 2021

Join us as we celebrate the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory’s 35th Anniversary in the Discovery Garden. Come explore our new musical and discovery play pieces. Plus we’ll have take-home activities and music.  Free and open to the public — registration required. 10 am Registration 11 am Registration Noon Registration 1 pm Registration

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

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 7-8pm.

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May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online,

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 TET Lesson.  Each month is a different topic. February 19 -Winter Fun March 19 -Sounds April 16 – Trees May 21 – Seeds Advanced registration…

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May 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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 Annual Plant Sale and return them on May 22 in conjunction with the Spring Perennial Exchange. Our volunteers will collect pots that can be reused… Find out more »
May 22 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

June 2021

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. Register here. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.

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June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online,

Plastic Pot Recycling: June 4 and 5

Reduce Reuse Recycle! Save your garden plastic pots from the Annual Plant Sale and return them June 4 (9:30 – 2:00) or June 5 (9:30 – noon).  You can also shop the Conservatory’s new Pollinator Plant Sale while you’re on site!  Our volunteers will collect pots that can be reused and kept out of landfills. Please be sure your pots are empty and bring them to the Rubinstein Garden entrance. Please note: plant containers must meet the following criteria: 4.5”…

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June 4 - June 5
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States

Year of the Butterfly: Butterflies & Moths with Oak Park Public Library June 12, 2021

The Year of the Butterfly is a regional effort of organizations cooperating to bring awareness to the community about how they can help support a healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. Join the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and our partners as we explore a variety of pollinators.  Our June event will explore moths and butterflies and is in conjunction with the Oak Park Public Library. Registration to this free event required for both children and parents/caregivers! Open…

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June 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield
Oak Park, IL 60304 United States
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