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City Garden

Year Round

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8 pm
Where: West of the Garfield Park Conservatory Display Houses
Cost: Free


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 provide an important link in an ever-growing lacework of boulevards, gardens, and open spaces scattered beyond its borders.


Demonstration Garden

May 1 - November 1

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8 pm
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory West
Cost: Free


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.


Monet Garden

May 1 - November 1

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily; Wednesdays till 8 pm
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory East
Cost: Free


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 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. Like his garden, the main allee down the center is filled with bulbs in the spring which then switch to iris, peonies and poppies, and then nasturtiums, sunflowers, and a range of other annuals and perennials for the remainder of the season. Some of the beds are themed with blue or white or pink flowers. Smaller "paint box" beds play colors against each other like Monet liked to do. He used these to explore the qualities and combinations of colors.
Some of the most popular features in the garden are the espaliered fruit trees, the wisteria standards, and the picnic area under the old crab apple tree. The newest addition to the Monet Garden is a Living Wall constructed on the north end of the garden. Built with a generous donation of materials from Tournesol Siteworks, the Living Wall contains over 300 flowers growing on a vertical surface to create a stunning work of living art. Our Living Wall demonstrates a garden option for city-dwellers who don’t have yards. Another benefit of living walls is their ability to regulate temperatures in the room on the other side of the wall, helping to lower energy costs.  

Click here to view a video about the Living Wall at the Garfield Park Conservatory.


Play & Grow Garden

Open March 15 – November 15

Hours: Daily Noon – 5 pm, Wednesdays Noon – 7pm
Where: South side of the City Garden
Cost: Free


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.


The Play & Grow Garden has been made possible through generous support from Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities Program, Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Richard Driehaus Foundation and Seabury Foundation ... MORE INFO