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Rain Gardens 101: How To, January 23

Are you curious about Rain Gardens and how they can benefit your garden? Join us as Jerry Hossli, University of IL Extension Master Gardener, Composter and Naturalist introduces us to Rain Gardens 101.  FREE – at the Oak Park Public Library, Main location.  We will meet in the 1st floor Community Engagement Space behind the...... Read More

Exploration Station January: Living in Darkness

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Winter is long and dark for most life above ground, but while we look forward to the bright light of spring there is life in darkness.  Plants and animals have long adapted to this nocturnal life, let...... Read More

Exploration Station December: World Spices

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. This precious commodity not only inspire the search for the new world,  it played a major role in many world conflicts and it’s something we cannot live without in our kitchen.  What not everyone know is that...... Read More

Give a Gift of Membership

Give a gift of membership. Become a Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory member and receive member benefits which includes a NEW Reciprocal Admissions Program to over 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories nationwide. Be a member and support our programs such as Discovery Garden Exploration Time which is FREE to the community.   Join today!... Read More

2019 Annual Appeal – Be a Friend

Your participation in our programs, events and visits to our 90-year old facility have been integral to making the Conservatory what it is today, and we are so grateful. We are kicking off our 2019 Annual Appeal and invite you to join us in supporting our efforts. As you can imagine, it takes substantial funding...... Read More

Exploration Station November – Festival of Colors

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Why are roses red and violets blue?  As we begin the winter season, let’s look back at the plant colors we have enjoyed throughout the growing season.  We will learn about plant colors and celebrate the pigments...... Read More

NEW! Member Benefit

Become a member of the Friends and enjoy a NEW benefit.   Our membership gives you free admission and/or reciprocal privileges to over 300 Gardens, Arboreta and Conservatories nationwide.  We are happy to be a part of the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program.  Join and become a member today and enjoy this benefit and more!  Thank...... Read More

Member Lecture October 10th – Solar Panels

Lecture: Behind the Scenes Solar Panels with Adam Perri from Windfree Solar on October 10th at 7 pm at the Conservatory.  Join us and learn about the solar panels at the Conservatory. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new solar panel installation, learn how solar energy is being used at the Conservatory, and interact with...... Read More

Exploration Station October – Go Batty for Bats

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Bats account for nearly a quarter of the mammal species on earth.  The only mammal capable of true flight, they are also natural pollinators and pest control experts.  With all these good traits they are still often...... Read More

Uncorked September 27 – Rain or Shine!

The gardens are in full bloom!  Come to the final Uncorked of the season in the outdoor garden.  We will have live music by Timothy Robyn Coan, a singer songwriter and guitar player.  Enjoy appetizers from Angie’s Pantry and wine and craft beer from Famous Liquors.  Our artisan is GPTetrev Pottery offering functional pottery for the...... Read More

Fall Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange

Saturday, September 7th 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 your items from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Conservatory.  Come back to pick up new items from 12:00 pm...... Read More

Exploration Station September – Habitat: Prairie

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. The prairie was once the largest ecosystem in North America stretching westward from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountain and southward from Saskatchewan to Texas.  The plains of tall grass support an enormous varieties of plants...... Read More