With Chicago blanketed in what seems like a perma-cover of snow, the landscape has been pretty bleak of late. Here to brighten our outlook: The Garfield Park Conservatory has announced its indoor gardens will reopen to the public at the end of February.
“We want to safely offer the physical and mental health benefits of nature in our global plant collection this winter,” Jennifer Van Valkenburg, president of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, said in a statement. “Nature provides proven physical and mental health benefits, especially during periods of stress.”
COVID-19 precautions will limit capacity and require all visitors to book a reservation online for timed-ticket entry. Movement through the conservatory will be one-way, and a number of areas within the conservatory, including the Fern Room, will remain closed because they lack the space to allow for appropriate social distancing. Masks will be required.
Reservations are now open for members and neighbors, who can visit as early as Feb. 24; the general public will have access to reservations beginning Feb. 12, with Feb. 27 as the opening date. The conservatory will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Guests will be greeted by the sight of the 2021 Spring Flower Show, “Saturation,” featuring blooms in a spectrum of colors. The show will run through Mother’s Day, May 9.
The conservatory’s outdoor garden, which hosted a popular “Flowers of Monet” exhibit last fall, is closed for the season.