Garfield Park Conservatory Free events for kids
When: Call to confirm before heading out. Schedule
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave, 312-746-5100.
2019 Monthly Themes
Each month we dig into a different theme for Morning Glories and Fiddleheads, and use the plant collection as a platform for our exploration. From texture to color, shading and symmetry, our plants exemplify it all! See below for a full list of our monthly themes.
- January: Smell
- February: Flowers
- March: Sound
- April: Conservation
- May: Gardening
- June: Insects
- July: Herbs
- August: Taste
- September: Native Trees
- October: Leaves
- November: Light
- December: Winter Traditions
Check out the Spring Flower show
The Spring Flower Show opens to the public in February so come and enjoy the warmth and flavors of the tropics.
About Garfield Park Conservatory
GPC is one of the largest conservatories in the nation. When it opened in 1908 it was referred to as “landscape art under glass.” The conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out, where thousands of rare plant species are on display throughout eight indoor display rooms and vast outdoor gardens during the summer.
The Conservatory’s eight themed and multifaceted display houses are: Palm House, Fern Room, Sugar from the Sun, Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, Aroid House, Desert House, Horticulture Hall and The Show House. The outdoor gardens include a city garden, a sensory garden, a labyrinth, lily pools and a demonstration garden.
Most recently, the Garfield Park Conservatory sustained catastrophic damage from a hail storm that swept through the area in June, 2011, shattering 60 percent of the facility’s glass roof. The public display houses most affected by the damage include the historic Fern Room, Show House, and Desert House, along with the all 10 production greenhouses. Reconstruction and repairs were completed in 2015 and all rooms have reopened.