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A Volunteer You Should Know

Max Frueh began volunteering with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory in September 2012.  For the past six years, Max has dedicated his time to our pot washing station where he ensures that all of our newly potted plants have a clean environment in which to grow. Washing pots, which is a lot like...... Read More

FOPCON is a partner with Sugar Beet Co-Op

Through August, Sugar Beet Food Co-Op donates 5¢ cents per transaction to a BEET BUCKS Program Partner when you use a reusable bag, coffee mug or bulk container.  FOPCON is a Program Partner!  Support our partner and support FOPCON. Want to learn more?   Find details on the website and click here.... Read More

Discovery Garden Exploration Time – July

This FREE program runs Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in the outdoor Discovery Garden, weather permitting.  The theme for July is Water Play.  Enjoy the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden with our Garden docents who are trained volunteers of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON). Garden docents are there to help...... Read More

25th Annual Garden Walk: Sunday, June 24 rain or shine

Prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique gardens.  Once again “Plein Air” painters will be demonstrating their amazing creativity in some of the gardens.   Advance tickets are $13 for FOPCON members when purchased at the Conservatory. – Two tickets for Basic membership – Three tickets for Plus membership – Five tickets for Premier membership...... Read More

Uncorked June 22 – rain or shine!

We will be here rain or shine to enjoy the Conservatory with music, wine,  craft beer and appetizers.  Our vendors are local and we feature an artisan offering their wares.  Interested in a showcase tours?  We offer that too.  Admission includes two drink tickets and one food token.  Must be 21 or over. Music: Timothy...... Read More

Member Lecture: The Mosquito Repellent Garden, June 11

Jim Kuehnle and Patricia Niedrich from Clover’s Garden Center will give us a brief history of mosquitos and talk about the science behind the mosquito repellent plants.  Discover how to design a patio area garden to repel mosquitos.  Come see a sample garden box.  Light refreshments will be served. Members and Guests are FREE $10...... Read More

Spring Perennial, Houseplant and Garden Tool Exchange on Saturday, May 19

Join other gardeners and share your favorite perennials, houseplants and extra garden tools at the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory sponsored annual Spring Exchange.  Drop off materials from 9:30 am -11:30 am at the Conservatory.  Come back to pick up your selection from noon – 12:30 p.m. Please Note:  We cannot accept plain hosta...... Read More

Exploration Kit

Our kits were in the news!  Click on the link for the Oak Leaves article http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-conservatory-school-tl-0510-story.html  and read about how great the new FOPCON Exploration Kit is.   A BIG thank you to Linda Smith, Kim Wilson and Heather Guido for the stellar work.... Read More

Plant Sale May 4 – May 6

It’s our 29th Annual Plant Sale! Members’ Sale Friday, May 4 from 2 pm – 6 pm Public Sale Saturday, May 5 from 8 am – 4 pm Sunday, May 6 from noon – 3 pm Check out the Plant Sale catalog here. Become a FOPCON Member and shop early at the Members’ sale or preorder...... Read More

Exploration Station May

Plants We Wear. This free  program runs Sept – May Note! May 5 – 6 weekend: Exploration Station will be CLOSED during the Plant Sale. We look forward to seeing you every other weekend in May! •  Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm •  Sundays 1:30 – 3:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive...... Read More

Job Opening

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) is seeking a resourceful individual interested in joining our dynamic organization as a part-time Operations Coordinator. The Operations Coordinator is responsible for providing technical expertise, including database management, and administrative support needed to implement the organization’s activities.  To view the complete posting and job description, click here.  To apply, please...... Read More

Exploration Station April

Chocolate. This free program runs Sept – May •  Saturdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm •  Sundays 1:30 – 3:30 pm •  Mondays of school holidays for Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms. New topics every month....... Read More