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Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park

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Oak Park Conservatory is a conservatory and botanical garden located at 615 Garfield Street in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, United States. It is open daily with restricted hours; admission is free, but a donation is suggested.History and DevelopmentThe conservatory started in 1914, as a community effort to house exotic plants collected during residents' travels. Today's Edwardian-style glass structure was built in 1929, but fell into neglect until 1970, when a group of concerned citizens preserved it. Debate in the community had some suggesting the site would make "a perfect parking lot", but the volunteer actions of the Citizens Committee for the Conservatory saved it from that fate. In addition to its role supplying plants throughout the parks of Oak Park, the Conservatory's role was expanded to be a place to educate school children and gardeners. The structure was expanded in 2000. The conservatory now provides 8000sqft of growing areas, making it the third largest conservatory in the Chicago area, and contains more than 3,000 plants, some of which date back to 1914. The Oak Park Conservatory was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on March 8, 2005.Major collectionsThe desert collection includes three cactus groups, plus succulents including Agave, Crassula, succulent euphorbias, Gasteria, Haworthia, and Kalanchoe. Woody plants in this room include olive, etrog, fig, date palm, bay, and pomegranate.
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  • An short oasis on a wintry weekday, it was just about right for a 15 month old to toddle around, enjoy the sights & sounds waterfalls and birds and touching the rocky landscaping in the tropical room....  more »
  • A great place to feel some tropical air and escape from everything for a little while. It's a small conservatory but very clean and nicely arranged. We enjoy walking through with and without the grand...  more »
  • Want to get out of the cold and feel some more tropical air? Relaxing, beautiful, clean and inviting. Great place to go with kids, adults, date etc. If you want to just sit and relax- this is an optio...  more »
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  • Vanessa Benefico accompanied me to the conservatory. She learned new things and I learned about her. We both loved it.
  • Fun fright night event for kids and parents alike. The regular daytime conservatory and conservation activities are pleasant experiences.
  • The gardens are stunning and everything is well maintained. It has a colorful assortment of plants and a variety of exotic animals like parrots and koi fish. This is also perfect for anyone who likes the sound of running water as there are fountains on the inside and the outside gardens.
  • Say hi to George the parrot. He has been hanging out there for better than 10 years that I know of.
  • Cute and cozy place with variety ofplants. Great place to go with small children. Discovery gardeen and their Halloween/October event is awesome

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