Stroll through Garfield Park Conservatory

Fern Room

I decide take a break from the weather with  a visit to a conservatory.

Today, I visited one of the largest conservatories in the U.S., the Garfield Park Conservatory, in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago.

The Garfield Park Conservatory was built between 1906 and 1908.  It was designed by Danish landscape architect Jens Jensen in the Prairie School of design.

“To Jensen, landscape architecture was not just a profession, nor was the use of native plants just one style among many – they expressed his near-mystical belief in the renewing and civilizing powers of nature. He was a reformer with his hands on a spade and his head in the clouds.” To Make the Prairie Speak:The Life and Art of a Forgotten Prophet, Chicago Landscape Architect Jens Jensen. Harold Henderson, Chicago Reader, Inc.

Garfield Park Conservatory is open to the public free-of-charge, except for special exhibits in the Show Room.  If you visit the website, it states there was damage from a hailstorm.  Don’t worry.  It’s been cleared up and all the areas are open again for viewing.  The gift shop/cafe is sort of pricey.

sculpture

Past the lobby I enter the glass-domed 60-foot high roofed Conservatory through the Palm House.  The Palm House is the main entrance and is filled tropical plants.  There paths that twist and turn throughout building that allow me to stroll at a leisurely pace.

From the Palm House, I move on to the Sugar from the Sun Room.

orchid from the Sun Room

orchid from the Sun Room

Sugar from the Sun Room is the Conservatory’s newest permanent room  with orchids, bananas, oranges and pineapples. Lots of lush, bright colors.After a walk through the Sugar from the Sun Room, I enter the Children’s Garden.

large flower in the Children's Room

large flower in the Children’s Room

Children’s Garden  is fun plant, play space of interactive exhibits, large plants and flowers for children to experience.

Goodbye deep, dark foilage it’s on to the Desert House.

Desert House is loaded with cacti, jade plants and giant agaves that are large enough to stand inside.  Don’t stand inside the agaves, it’s not allowed.

If you like the pictures, let me know which one you liked best.

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