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Designed as an idealized tropical landscape, THE PALM HOUSE where graceful palms, interspersed with a variety of other tropicals, soar up to a vaulted ceiling. This room underwent a restoration of its structure and plant collection in 2003.

Designed as an idealized tropical landscape, THE PALM HOUSE where graceful palms, interspersed with a variety of other tropicals, soar up to a vaulted ceiling. This room underwent a restoration of its structure and plant collection in

Stroll through SUGAR FROM THE SUN room that features four exotic botanical environments to discover how right now, inside every leaf, plants are capturing sunlight and using it to change small parts of air and water into sugar – the energy that sustains life on Earth.

Stroll through SUGAR FROM THE SUN room that features four exotic botanical environments to discover how right now, inside every leaf, plants are capturing sunlight and using it to change small parts of air and water into sugar – the energy that sustains life on Earth.

Urban hardy plantings, garden “communities” that meld easily one to the next, recycled bits of cityscape, THE CITY GARDEN takes urban greening as its guiding principle, and it will give expression to that principle at multiple levels, from its structure to its materials and plantings. It will also provide an important link in an ever-growing lacework of boulevards, gardens, and open spaces scattered beyond its borders.

Urban hardy plantings, garden “communities” that meld easily one to the next, recycled bits of cityscape, THE CITY GARDEN takes urban greening as its guiding principle, and it will give expression to that principle at multiple levels, from its structure to its materials and plantings. It will also provide an important link in an ever-growing lacework of boulevards, gardens, and open spaces scattered beyond its borders.

Located in the west side neighborhood of Garfield Park, the  Garfield Park Conservatory  is definitely worth a detour if you’re visiting Chicago. Featuring a variety of themed gardens, the Monet garden is a true gem and is inspired by Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s world famous garden at Giverney, France.

Located in the west side neighborhood of Garfield Park, the Garfield Park Conservatory is definitely worth a detour if you’re visiting Chicago. Featuring a variety of themed gardens, the Monet garden is a true gem and is inspired by Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s world famous garden at Giverney, France.

THE DESERT HOUSE holds one of the region's most varied collections of cacti and succulents. These plants owe their popularity to their spectacular and unique forms, the promise of brilliant, short-lived flowers and their ability to withstand harsh, dry conditions. The size of plants in this room varies from the tiny stone plant to the large hedge cactus.

THE DESERT HOUSE holds one of the region's most varied collections of cacti and succulents. These plants owe their popularity to their spectacular and unique forms, the promise of brilliant, short-lived flowers and their ability to withstand harsh, dry conditions. The size of plants in this room varies from the tiny stone plant to the large hedge cactus.

Chicago Park District Aug. 2011: Restore the Garfield Park Conservatory

A June 2011 hailstorm damaged 60 percent of the conservatory. Help restore the Garfield Park Conservatory One Pane at a Time.

Indoor gardeners are sure to find something familiar in the AROID HOUSE. Many aroids are popular houseplants. A variety of aroids growing in a landscape setting are on display. A spectacular feature is the "Persian Pool", where 16 yellow lily pads surround a serene lagoon, which was created by the world acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly expressly for this room.

Indoor gardeners are sure to find something familiar in the AROID HOUSE. Many aroids are popular houseplants. A variety of aroids growing in a landscape setting are on display. A spectacular feature is the "Persian Pool", where 16 yellow lily pads surround a serene lagoon, which was created by the world acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly expressly for this room.

Reopened and replanted Desert House at Garfield Park Conservatory - 2015. More photos on this blog  http://chicagomastergardner.blogspot.com/2015/05/grand-reopening-desert-house-at.html

Reopened and replanted Desert House at Garfield Park Conservatory - 2015. More photos on this blog http://chicagomastergardner.blogspot.com/2015/05/grand-reopening-desert-house-at.html

Airborne and Soil-free Rain Forest at the Garfield Park Conservatory

The air section of the Sugar-from-the-Sun exhibit at Garfield Park Conservatory

View from the BackYard - domes shape from Jens Jensen design. Beautiful prairie and low impact plantings. Garfield Park Conservatory

View from the BackYard - domes shape from Jens Jensen design. Beautiful prairie and low impact plantings.

Garfield Park Conservatory's fern and desert rooms, as seen through a lens fogged by the humidity. The rooms in the Chicago landmark have reopened with new glass roofs and a combination of old and new plants.

Garfield Park Conservatory's fern and desert rooms, as seen through a lens fogged by the humidity. The rooms in the Chicago landmark have reopened with new glass roofs and a combination of old and new plants.

Backyard at Garfield Park Conservatory - lots of tulips and other bulbs. A nice walk on a great day.

Backyard at Garfield Park Conservatory - lots of tulips and other bulbs. A nice walk on a great day.

Along with the Horticulture Hall, THE SHOW HOUSE is the site of spectacular flower shows each year: the Spring, Summer, and Holiday Shows. All of the plant material displayed in the shows is grown at the Conservatory. This room was damaged in the June 30, 2011 hailstorm and will not display flower shows until repairs are completed.

Along with the Horticulture Hall, THE SHOW HOUSE is the site of spectacular flower shows each year: the Spring, Summer, and Holiday Shows. All of the plant material displayed in the shows is grown at the Conservatory. This room was damaged in the June 30, 2011 hailstorm and will not display flower shows until repairs are completed.
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