Spring Open House

Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield, Oak Park, IL

Join us as we celebrate the springtime at Oak Park Conservatory. We’ll have activities and fun for the whole family. Enjoy hands-on programs in the Discovery Garden and music featuring ProMusica singers.  Plus Master Gardeners will provide repotting services–bring your plant and new pot and our volunteers will repot your plant for you. Kids can […]

Free

Gardening with Native Plants

Online

Learn how native plants offer a host of benefits in your garden. West Cook Wild Ones will teach us about native plants: how to select the best plants for shady, wet and sunny gardens; where to purchase natives; and how to care for them. Register HERE. A zoom link will be email to all registrants prior […]

Free

TET (Toddler Exploration Time): Spring 2022

Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield, Oak Park, IL

Young learners (18 months - 5 years) will be delighted with stories, lessons, and crafts led by our education docents at the Oak Park Conservatory. Each month is a different topic. Advanced registration is required. Limited to 25 children and their caregivers.  FREE. Themes: Friday, March 18, 2022. Eggs. Register HERE for 9:30-10:00 Friday, April […]

Free

Spring Plant and Tool Exchange & Plastic Pot Recycling

Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield, Oak Park, IL

Join other gardeners and share your favorite plants and extra tools at the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory-sponsored annual Spring Plant and Tool Exchange.  Save your garden plastic pots from our annual Plant Sale and drop them off at our Plastic Pot Recycling.  Our volunteers will collect your empty pots that can be reused for next […]

Free

Discovery Garden Exploration Time: Tuesdays 10:00AM-Noon

Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield, Oak Park, IL

Come explore Summer and the gardens at the Oak Park Conservatory.  Hands-on activities are led by garden volunteers outside in our Discovery Garden.  Learn about native Illinois Ecosystems and have fun playing in the garden.  FREE.  No registration required.  Will not run during inclement weather. Topics for 2022 June: Butterflies and Bugs July: Water Works […]

28th Annual Garden Walk: Sunday, June 26th 10:00 – 4:00

Enjoy an exciting self-guided tour of select private gardens and one public garden in Oak Park and River Forest. The walk will take place rain or shine. This is a joint venture of the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest (GCOPRF) and the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) and benefits the […]

How to Grow Garlic

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Growing garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow.  Join us as we learn when and how to plant, what type of garlic to grow, and when to harvest it.  Jerry Ford from Living Song Farm will share his extensive knowledge with us!  Presented by Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.  A Zoom Link […]

Free

Fall Plant and Tool Exchange & Garden Pot Return

Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield, Oak Park, IL

Join other gardeners and share your favorite plants and extra tools at the annual Fall Plant and Tool Exchange. Save your garden plastic pots and drop them off at our Garden Pot Return so they can be reused and kept out of landfills. Drop off: 9:30 am -12:00 pm. Pick up: 12:00 pm. Register HERE.

Bulb Planting for Spring Blooms

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Join the Conservatory's Director of Horticulture, Patti Staley, to learn about the basics of planting fall bulbs for spring blooms at the free, virtual event. Participants will learn when and how to plant bulbs, how to select bulbs for your garden, and how many you need. Ask your questions on growing bulbs and how to […]

Uncorked 2022

Oak Park Conservatory 615 Garfield, Oak Park, IL

Summertime is the best time to enjoy an evening of music and drinks outdoors at the Oak Park Conservatory. Celebrate summer in the Rubinstein Garden with friends under the night sky on the 4th Friday of each month from 6:00-8:00PM.  Admission includes two drink tickets and an appetizer.  We are thrilled to partner with Anfora […]

Chile Peppers Lecture

Online

When it comes to chile peppers, there are literally thousands of varieties that come in all shapes, sizes, colors and, of course, levels of heat. Join the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory with our guests from the Chile Pepper Institute to learn all about chile peppers! This is a FREE, virtual event.  A zoom […]

Intro to the Native Paw Paw Tree

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Asimina triloba, the North American pawpaw, is more ancient than the native peoples of the Americas -- it goes back millions of years. With a renewed interest in pawpaw and its delicious edible fruit, join the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory to learn the history, preservation, and how to incorporate this important tree into […]