Whether it’s the food we eat or the oxygen we breathe, we are connected to plants every second of every day. Garfield Park Conservatory’s mission is to examine, explore, experiment with, and explain our relationship with plants. Over our one-hundred year history, we have pursued those goals and more. We continue to grow exotic plants in striking landscapes, creating the world in Chicago’s backyard. Our collection is constantly evolving. We acquire new specimens, create new hybrids, and our Show House changes several times a year. The Conservatory is a unique institution- it is an historical icon in constant transformation.
We continue the legacy of our founder, Jens Jensen, that “the country must come to the city”, by sustaining an urban oasis with plants inside the glasshouses and outside in gardens. Whether your visit is to learn more about plants or to simply enjoy their beauty, we invite you to share the wonder that is the Garfield Park Conservatory. There is no other place like it on Earth.