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Outdoor Gardens

Garfield Park Conservatory Outdoor Gardens

The Conservatory's outside gardens are urban green jewels that provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Come enjoy our gardens year round: with their bursting blooms in the spring, full foliage in the summer, oranges and reds in the autumn, and even the peace of snow-covered evergreens in the winter.

City Garden

city garden

City Garden
Open: Year Round
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8:00 pm

A dramatic garden is waiting for you in the “backyard” of the Conservatory. The City Garden integrates the city through and through. Urban hardy plantings, garden “communities” that meld easily one to the next, recycled bits of cityscape ... this is a garden like no other. The City Garden takes urban greening as its guiding principle, and it gives expression to that principle at multiple levels, from its structure to its materials and plantings. It also provides an important link in an ever-growing lacework of boulevards, gardens, and open spaces scattered beyond its borders. Learn More ‣

Demonstration Garden

demonstration garden

Demonstration Garden
Open: Year Round
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8:00 pm

Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory and explore our Demonstration Garden, a beautiful city-lot-sized working garden, to learn about community and organic gardening in Chicago. Theme areas inside demonstrate urban agriculture, beekeeping, composting and other techniques used to grow food, community and beauty in city spaces. Learn More ‣

Monet Garden

monet garden

Monet Garden
Open: Year Round
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8:00 pm

The Monet Garden is an adaptation of impressionist painter Claude Monet’s well known garden at Giverney, France. Originally created as an indoor display for the 2000 Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, the award-winning garden was subsequently transplanted to the conservatory grounds at the close of the show. The garden is a very miniature and very loose interpretation of Monet's actual garden designed by former Conservatory General Foreman Bryce Bandstra. It features many of the same types of plants; and it plays with color in much the same way that Monet did. Learn More ‣

Play & Grow Garden

play & grow garden

Play & Grow Garden
Open: March 15 – November 15
Hours: Noon – 4:30 pm daily; Wednesdays Noon - 7:00 pm

The Play & Grow Garden is now open! We invite families with children ages 0-8 to visit the garden during its open hours to build, imagine, and challenge themselves. Kids can experiment with pebbles, make mud pies, walk the stump obstacle course, or make music on a wooden xylophone. Play & Grow is outside: exit through Sugar from the Sun and turn right; it’s just past the labyrinth. Children should be supervised at all times in the Play & Grow Garden. Learn More ‣

Sensory Garden

play & grow garden

Sensory Garden
Open: Year Round
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8:00 pm

The Sensory Garden, outside the doors from Sugar from the Sun, features raised plant beds that allow you to more easily enjoy plantings with all of your senses. The Sensory Garden includes a tranquil labyrinth, and seating to enjoy the setting. It is home to our “Trapped! When Plants Attack” carnivorous garden that opened in 2014. Learn More ‣