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POSTPONED – West Cook Wild Ones Conference April 4th

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.  ... Read More

Learn and Grow lectures in April – To Be Determined

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...... Read More

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...... Read More

Closure of Conservatory – Temporary

The Park District of Oak Park is making the prudent and measured decision to cancel all recreation programs and closing all facilities, including the Conservatory, effective today, March 13.  This decision is in alignment with actions being taken by School Districts 97 & 200 and the Oak Park Public Library in light of recent developments...... Read More

Exploration Station March: Plant Defense – Cancelled

The Park District of Oak Park has closed the Conservatory through Friday, March 27.  The PD will re-evaluate on Thursday, March 26th facility accessibility based on the status of the Covid-19. Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. From sticky sap to prickly thorns,...... Read More

KidsFest March 1st, 10 am – 2 pm

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...... Read More

Our “Friends in Bloom” Membership Drive

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...... Read More

Exploration Station February: Chocolate

Drop-In, It’s FREE!  Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Money doesn’t grow on trees but chocolate does and that is a reason to celebrate.  Come see how the world’s most popular confection is transformed from an odd looking fruit to delicious delights. See you at the...... Read More

Presentation of Rain Gardens 101 lecture

What a good turnout and great discussion we had at our Rain Gardens 101 lecture on January 23rd.  Guests asked for the presentation and we have it.  Thanks to Jerry Hossli who lead the discussion on how to build and plant a rain garden.  Jerry is a University of IL Extension Master Gardener, Composter and Naturalist....... Read More

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