Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory Review
Escape winter's cold or revel in summer sunshine inside this huge "landscape art under glass" structure housing tropical palms, spiny cacti, and showy blooms. A children's garden is filled with climbable leaf sculptures and a tube slide that winds through trees. The "Sugar from the Sun" exhibit focuses on the elements of photosynthesis—sunlight, air, water, and sugar—in a full-sensory environment filled with spewing steam, trickling water, and chirping sounds. And don't miss the historic Jens Jensen–designed Fern Room with its lagoon, waterfalls, and profusion of ferns. Events include botanical-themed fashion shows, seasonal flower shows, and great educational programing. In 2011 hail damaged the Fern Room, Show House, and portions of the Desert House where the blooms are located. Repairs are scheduled for summer 2013.
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