Garfield Park Conservatory
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Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory and explore our DEMONSTRATION GARDEN, a beautiful city-lot-sized working garden, to learn about community and organic gardening in Chicago. Theme areas inside demonstrate urban agriculture, beekeeping, composting and other techniques used to grow food, community and beauty in city spaces.
THE MONET GARDEN is an adaptation of impressionist painter Claude Monet’s well known garden at Giverney, France. Originally created as an indoor display for the 2000 Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, the award-winning garden was subsequently transplanted to the conservatory grounds at the close of the show. The garden is a very miniature and very loose interpretation of Monet's actual garden designed by conservatory General Foreman Bryce Bandstra.
Urban hardy plantings, garden “communities” that meld easily one to the next, recycled bits of cityscape, THE CITY GARDEN takes urban greening as its guiding principle, and it will give expression to that principle at multiple levels, from its structure to its materials and plantings. It will also provide an important link in an ever-growing lacework of boulevards, gardens, and open spaces scattered beyond its borders.
Along with the Show House, HORTICULTURE HALL is the site of spectacular flower shows each year: the Spring, Summer, and Holiday Shows. All of the plant material displayed in the shows is grown at the Conservatory. Available for rent the hall is now sparkling with holiday lights and blooming with festive flowers and greenery.
Along with the Horticulture Hall, THE SHOW HOUSE is the site of spectacular flower shows each year: the Spring, Summer, and Holiday Shows. All of the plant material displayed in the shows is grown at the Conservatory. This room was damaged in the June 30, 2011 hailstorm and will not display flower shows until repairs are completed.
Indoor gardeners are sure to find something familiar in the AROID HOUSE. Many aroids are popular houseplants. A variety of aroids growing in a landscape setting are on display. A spectacular feature is the "Persian Pool", where 16 yellow lily pads surround a serene lagoon, which was created by the world acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly expressly for this room.
Indoors, THE ELIZABETH MORSE GENIUS CHILDREN'S GARDEN Garden provides a fun and comfortable setting for families and school children. A giant, meandering vine with larger-than-life sized roots, seed, leaves and flower provides opportunities for children to play while learning about plants. Families are welcome at this haven for children with its interactive displays.
THE DESERT HOUSE holds one of the region's most varied collections of cacti and succulents. These plants owe their popularity to their spectacular and unique forms, the promise of brilliant, short-lived flowers and their ability to withstand harsh, dry conditions. The size of plants in this room varies from the tiny stone plant to the large hedge cactus.
Jens Jensen, who designed the Conservatory in 1906, wanted to give visitors a glimpse of what Illinois might have looked like millions of years ago. Lush ferns, rocky outcroppings and an indoor lagoon evoke the swampy landscape of prehistoric Chicago. THE FERN ROOM is home to the palm-like cycad; one of the oldest species of plants on earth.
The GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as "landscape art under glass," the conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out, where thousands of plant species are on display throughout eight rooms in this magnificent facility. Travel through the conservatory and experience the lush flora and tropical temperatures taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.