Even though Chicago is experiencing record breaking temperatures this spring, it is still worth taking a stroll in one of the nations oldest greenhouses, the Garfield Park Conservatory. It recently reopened it’s doors after near tragic destruction from a hail storm last summer. I credit their amazing outreach and the sincere love of the parks that Chicagoans have for their speedy rebuild. Built in 1908 and designed by legendary landscape architect and pioneer conservationist Jens Jensen, it truly is a treasure in the city. The Fern Room provided great inspiration for me, full of ancient plants and old world naturalistic settings.
Some areas are still under repair, like the Desert Room, so it’s not too late to help out!