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Seed Starting-Register now for 3/23 class
Bring your child (offspring or inner-child) and let’s start some seeds. Experience the satisfaction of growing vegetables and flowers that you have started from seed. Experience the miracle of growing a plant from a small seed and watch it develop into life-sustaining food. Learn the basics from seed selection, light, and moisture requirements, growing medium and transplanting. Take home a combination flat of seeds, which you have sown. Please register one week in advance.
Instructor: Don Nekrosius, Master Gardener
Saturday, Mar 23, 9:00a – 11:00a
Resident $22/ Non Resident $33
Class # 135211-01
Approved for continuing education credit for University of Illinois Extension-Cook County Master Gardeners.
Register for classes at the Reception Desk or
Online at www.pdop.org
|Where||Oak Park Conservatory and Conservatory Center 615 Garfield St, Oak Park, IL 60304|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||9:00 am–11:00 am|
|Who to bring||College Students, Moms, Dads, Singles, Seniors|
|Price||Resident $22/ Non Resident $33|
More About Oak Park Conservatory and Conservatory Center
Owned by the Park District of Oak Park, the conservatory is one of the village's most visited sites.
The conservatory's historical roots stretch back to 1914, when residents who'd traveled around the world came back to Oak Park and needed a place to store the exotic plants they'd collected.
But the facility fell into disrepair over the decades and was on the brink of demolition until a citizen's group rallied to revamp it in the 1970's.
Today, the conservatory grows and cares for about 20,000 plants, many of which get planted throughout Oak Park's public parks and other sites throughout the village.
The conservatory contains three different rooms — the Fern Room, the Rainforest Room and the Desert Room — each with its own unique ecosystem.
Note: In the summer of 2010, only the Fern Room is open, as the other two display houses are undergoing renovations.
The facility is open for individual and group tours. A $2 donation per visitor is suggested.
The park district, in conjunction with the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory citizen's group, offers a number of volunteer opportunities, as well as special programs like summer nature camps and home gardening workshops.
Today, park district officials say the facility draws up to 30,000 visitors each year.
Tours guided by a docent can be arranged by calling the conservatory two weeks in advance. The staff also makes an audio tour of the facility available by CD.
Other events here
- Judith Shepelak-Colored Pencil and Pastel Landscapes Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- TAKE A TOUR OF THE OAK PARK CONSERVATOR-Find out how! Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Agave Watch 2013! Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Exploration Station Weekly on Saturdays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
- “Be A Tooth Sleuth” Daily, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Monthly, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Fairy Garden Sat, Jun 15, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
- Bats, the Flying Kind Sat, Jun 29, 10:00 am–11:00 am
- 20th Annual Garden Walk in Oak Park and River Forest Sun, Jun 30, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Woven Garden Trellis Sat, Jul 20, 9:00 am–11:00 am