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At the Garfield Park Conservatory, an abundance of tropical treats literally grows on trees!


1st Annual Sweet Saturdays    
Saturday February 7th, February 14th, February 21st
Hours: 11am – 4pm
Where: Throughout the Conservatory
Cost: Suggested donation of $2 per person

At the Garfield Park Conservatory, an abundance of tropical treats literally grows on trees! Home to living sweets such as bananas, vanilla beans, cinnamon bark, and yes, chocolate trees, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a veritable plant-based candy show. Come join us one of three Saturdays in February (the 7th, the 14th, and the 21st) between 11 am and 4 pm to sample the facts, the flavors, and the fun of some of our most tantalizing tropical treats. This event is appropriate for any aged learner, including the kid, the adult, and the valentine variety.  



At each Sweet Saturday, you will get the chance to:


Visit tropical treat stations found throughout the Conservatory, where you will learn
a fact and sample a flavor.  

Participate in hands-on activity stations for all ages, such as:

- Design a scratch and sniff necklace with cinnamon and sandpaper

- Design a “leaf rubbing” Valentine’s Day Card

- Make a Chocolate Sachet with the sweet-smelling shells of cocoa beans

Sample Sweets: Visitors can sample sweet offerings provided by various product partners hosted in the conservatory's "Sugar from the Sun" exhibit. The following companies will be offering samples:


- February   7 – Metropolis Coffee
- February 14 – Divine Chocolate (fair trade chocolate company)
- February 21 – Honey produced from the Garfield Park Conservatory’s very own
                       beehives (presented by G.P.C.A.’s Volunteer Beekeepers)

Spend some time in our special tropical café, where you can buy sandwiches and souvenir treats, and listen to the sweet sounds of tropical tunes while you eat.


Want to help out during our Sweet Saturday events? Contact Melanie Harding to learn about volunteer opportunities at or 773.638.1766 x. 16.