the urban gardeness

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Where to see blooms during Chicago winters

Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago winters can be a dreary time for urban gardeners. Our flowerbeds are hidden by snow, our potted plants and veggies dried up long ago. What’s a gardener seeking floral inspiration to do? Visit a local conservatory!

Here are a few wonderful places in Chicagoland offering blooming flowers and tropical plants to bring us out of the winter doldrums.

Lincoln Park Conservatory (Chicago)

Right now, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is featuring the Chicago Park District Spring Flower Show. See a a changing selection of spring blooming plants including Azaleas, spring flowering annuals and spring flowering perennials. Runs through May 8. 2391 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago IL.

Garfield Park Conservatory (Chicago)

The Garfield Park Conservatory is also featuring the Chicago Park District Spring Flower Show starting Saturday (runs through May 8). Azaleas in stunning spring colors will be featured during the first half of the show. 300 N Central ark Ave., Chicago IL.

Chicago Botanic Garden Greenhouses (Glencoe)

Winter is a great time to visit the Garden’s Arid, Tropical and Semi-Tropical Greenhouses. Breathe in the humid fragrant air and you’ll (almost) forget it’s only 25 degrees outside. Blooming right now are aloe and orchids, among many others. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL.

Questions about caring for your indoor houseplants? Check out the Chicago Botanic Gardens’ Lenhardt Library featuring books to cover any gardening topic.


Anyone else have suggestions for surviving cold Chicago winters? Leave a comment!

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