The Garfield Park Conservatory is our vacation spot within the
city during the winter months. It's the perfect escape: Designed by
Jens Jensen in 1906, the conservatory boasts flowering cacti,
bright yellow lily pads, a double Coconut palm, and a large plant
dripping with bananas. The lush palms of the fern room bring one
back to the Illinois of millions of years ago, and the vibrant
flowers of the Show House wake up wintery minds to spring. Park
your car in the convenient lot, shed your lawyers, and breath in
some fresh, moist air for a spell.
The Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's garden features
climbable leaves and a giant seed pod, a long, curvy slide, and
best of all, a chance to run around and breathe in oxygen - without
coat, hat and gloves.
On Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter, drop in to the
Children's Garden to take part in a popular "Make-&-Take"
session, where children can make bookmarks, bracelets, and dinosaur
terrariums. This year's Make and Take theme is: plants of the past,
present, and future.
The Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue
Open daily from 9 - 5
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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