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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 nearly 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

Uncorked August 23rd 6 – 8 pm

Uncorked features the live music of Andreas Kapsalis.   Andreas Kapsalis joined us last year.  He is an innovative guitarist and a composer.  Enjoy appetizers from Wild Onion Tied House Oak Park and wine and craft beer from Wild Onion and Famous Liquors.  The artisan for the night is Rita Skarha Art Glass Studio.  Interested in...... Read More

(Rain)Forest Bathing August 15th from 7 – 8 pm

Share an experience of Forest Bathing at the Conservatory on August 15th from 7 – 8 pm.  Roberta Jannsen, a Master Naturalist, Master Gardener and certified in prairie conservation will lead us through a mindful forest bathing experience in the Conservatory showrooms.  Experience a gentle walk to help reduce stress and increase immune function. Register...... Read More

Discovery Garden Exploration Time – August 

Come to our FREE program on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the outdoor Discovery Garden, weather permitting.  The theme for August is Fossils. Garden docents help you and your child lead to discovery.  Garden docents are trained volunteers of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.  The Friends will provide...... Read More

Uncorked July 26th, 6 – 8 pm

The Grosso Family Band is playing Uncorked!  Join us for a night of music outdoors and enjoy appetizers from Oak Park Brewing with wine and craft beer from Oak Park Brewing and Famous Liquors.  The artisan for the night is Olive and Well.  Interested in a showcase tours?  We offer that too.  Admission includes two drink...... Read More