Oak Park Conservatory Summer Events

Garden Walk 2012 - Sunday, Jul 1 from 10am - 4pm The 19th annual Garden Walk is a self-guided tour that begins at the Oak Park Conservatory. This year’s Garden Walk will feature 10 gardens, both public and private, that are hidden gems and reflect current landscaping and plant trends. Garden art objects, an unusual raffle prize, and refreshments will add to this year’s impressive selection of gardens.  Tickets purchased the day of the walk are $18 and can be purchased at all vendor locations, but must be exchanged at the Oak Park Conservatory for a Garden Guide. The guide is required for Garden Walk entry. Tickets exchange begins at 9:30 am the day of the walk. The Garden Walk is a joint educational fund raiser for the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and The Garden Club of Oak Park/River Forest.  Tickets are on sale now at the Conservatory and the following locations:

Oak Park Visitors’ Center, 1010 Lake Street, Oak Park. 708-848-1500 Magic Tree Book Store, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 708-848-0770 Westgate Flower and Plant Shop, 841 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 708-386-0072 Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 W. Madison St., River Forest. 708-366-9500 Carriage Flower Shop, 124 N. Marion St., Oak Park. 708-383-4862


Next Generation Recycling Wednesday, Aug 1 at 7 pm

Speaking of Green – Karen Rozmus will provide a bit of history on environmental programs, an update on the state of recycling in Oak Park, an overview of new and ongoing programs, and how residents are making a difference. For example, in 2011, the electronics recycling events collected 126,329 pounds of equipment that was diverted from the landfill. What else can be done? Food and other organic, compostable items are the largest source of methane gas coming from the country’s landfills and Oak Park now has a way to remove these items from the waste stream. Karen will describe this newest program in Oak Park. Sponsored by the Park District’s Greening Advisory Committee. Free.

Plant Clinic Come in to our plant clinic on Mondays from 2pm to 4 pm. Our staff will help with your gardening questions, plant identification or disease diagnostics. We also offer a potting service during this time.

Discover the Exploration Station - FREE program Every Saturday from 10am to Noon, docents will offer the Exploration Station! A new program is featured every month highlighting special aspects of the Oak Park Conservatory for both adults and children. This activity is provided by FOPCON. See what topics will be discussed next.