|A warm welcome to the conservatory in the Palm Room!|
Stunning from beginning to end:
When we first walked into the conservatory, we were immediately treated to the tropics with the Palm Room. Seeing so much greenery and occasional bursts of colors from blooms was refreshing on a winter day. I was also nursing a cold and the humidity did wonders for clearing it up!
|How could you not take a picture in the Show Room?|
While the gardens provide many discoveries for families, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden affords opportunities for children to get more hands-on. Kids can spy inside of a seed to see a plant ready to emerge, slide down the vine of green slide, touch a sensitive plant that has leaves that curl in response to touch and more. From time to time, there are additional activities in this garden.
|Take a peek to see a plant ready to emerge!|
Other highlights included visiting tranquil waterfalls and ponds, seeing elaborate root systems of the rainforest, learning interesting facts about many of the plants in the conservatory and being able to pause and take a moment to enjoy a little bit of summer in winter.
|What a root system!|
|Serene coy pond and waterfall.|
Garfield Park Conservatory was originally constructed between 1906 and 1907. At 4.5 acres inside and out, the conservatory ranks among one of the largest in the nation. At the time of its construction, Designer Jens Jensen's concept of creating multiple indoor landscapes under glass was revolutionary. The conservatory suffered considerable damage during a hailstorm in 2011. Repairs have been quite a process but it is amazing to see that conservatory has been able to successfully reopen to the public.
|Peeking through the vines!|
- Scavenger hunts are available online for you to print off in advance of your visit
- Wear layers that you can easily take off. The warmer areas of the conservatory may take you by surprise, so be prepared for temperatures that differ from that outside.
- Bring water and take sips along the way to prevent dehydration.
- The Garfield Park Conservatory is open every day of the year making it an easy attraction to add to your Chicago itinerary as well as a spur of the moment attraction for locals!
- There is a gift shop in the conservatory that has light snacks.
- Admission is free but donations are suggested to help keep this wonderful treasure available to the community!