Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave, Show House, 312-746-5100
When: February 14 – May 12, 2019 Daily Hours: 9 am – 5 pm and Wednesdays: 9 am – 8 pm. Admission free. Donations requested. Free parking is located just south of the Conservatory’s main entrance in the visitor parking lot. If you take the Green Line be aware of your surroundings you’ll be going through Austin and Garfield Park.
Explore the Spring Flower Show: Understory: Layers of Light and get to know the plants that thrive below the forest canopy. See understory trees arching upwards toward the light, our historic azalea collection, and flowers blooming at the first light of spring. Observe fallen trees, hanging vines, and even mushrooms! What else will you discover?
General info about the Conservatory here.
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.