Take a Virtual Tour of Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory

A Chicago fixture since 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory envisions a world where people embrace and honor the importance of nature. Often referred to as “landscape art under the glass,” it spans twelve acres, making it one of the largest conservatories in the  United States.” Garfield offers exciting virtual tours, and there’s always something new to discover from the comfort of home. Some of what you can enjoy from our apartments in Oswego includes:

Art & Architecture 

When construction began in 1906, greenhouses were not readily available to the general public. Therefore, landscape architect Jens Jensen planted the plants directly in the ground. His mission was for guests to feel immersed in nature, a revolutionary idea at the time. On the Art & Architecture virtual tour, you’ll see Jens’ waterfall, outdoor gardens, the haystack roof, and much more. 

Sweet Treats Tour 

Believe it or not, several of the conservatory’s plants are used in sweet treats from snickerdoodles to papaya smoothies. These plants are on display in the virtual Sweet Treats Tour. One of the highlights is ginger.┬áNative to Southeast Asia, the part of the plant that we eat grows underneath the soil. Ginger is in the same family as several other spices we eat, such as turmeric and cardamom. It is also used to produce ales. Try making the conservatory’s ginger granola recipe, one of the highlights of their online Sweet Treats Recipe Booklet. You can experiment with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, and the granola is best enjoyed with milk, yogurt, or ice cream.

The Golden Hour Color Safari 

Featuring a virtual kaleidoscope, The Golden Hour Color Safari highlights some of the conservatory’s coolest plants, organized by color. Check out this online resource to learn what makes plants green, whether they can get sunburnt, and other interesting facts. 

Before enjoying a virtual tour of the Garfield Park Conservatory, grab your favorite treats to-go at a nearby bakery. If you would like to call Farmington Lakes home, please contact us. We will offer a virtual or in-person tour so you can discover all that our apartments in Oswego, IL, have to offer.

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