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Free Virtual Gardening Lectures

Bulb Planting for Spring Blooms 101

Thursday, September 16, 2021

7-8 PM

Join bulb experts and learn the basics of planting fall bulbs for spring blooms. Participants will learn when and how to plants bulbs, how to select bulbs for your garden, and how many you need. Ask your questions on growing bulbs and how to get started. A zoom link will be sent out to participants in advance of the program to attend. Registration required. Ages 18+

Designing with Dahlias

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

7-9 PM

Join the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory as we welcome certified organic grower Tania Cubberly of SkyFall Flowers. Tania will introduce us to the beauty of dahlias and discuss the planting, growing conditions, and harvesting of this unique flower.



Introduction to the Wonderful World of African Violets

Thursday, October 14, 2021

7-8 PM

Join us as the Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society President, Janet Spencer presents on Gesneriads (African violets). Learn about this diverse plant family of over 3,500 species and countless cultivars that are widely distributed over all continents except Antarctica. You will learn variety of form, size, color, and ease of growing these amazing plants. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.


Growing Orchids

Thursday, October 28, 2021

7-8 PM

Join Kay Perry from the Illinois Orchid Society to learn about the care and growing of orchids – from needed light to water to getting them to bloom again. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Ages 18+



Growing Mushrooms

Thursday, November 11, 2021

7-8 PM

Join us to learn how you can get started growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in your kitchen, basement, or backyard. We will discuss the many ways to grow some of our favorite mushrooms like Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Wine Cap, and more. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Ages 18+




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