With the increased prevalence of seasonal allergies and carnivorous plants, humanity has determined that all botanic life should be imprisoned behind attractive glass walls. Learn about fascinating fronds with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a family/dual membership to the Oak Park Conservatory's Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (a $40 value).
Constructed in 1929 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, Oak Park Conservatory curates 20,000 exotic plants with care while striving to educate the public on the world of horticulture. Family/dual members, in addition to supporting the conservatory through their purchase, can plunge deeper into the botanical world with discounted conservatory classes and garden-walk tickets. Create a domestic greenhouse in homes, yards, and flowered bonnets with a 10% discount to local garden shops and exclusive purchasing power on the first day of the May 6–7 Annual Plant Sale.
Oak Park Conservatory provides a glass bubble of lush heat in all seasons, boasting three expansive rooms brimming with intriguing botanical, avian, and piscine life. In the fern room, colossal tropic and subtropic ferns create a verdant landscape, and other exotic plant life, such as orchids and Cabbage Patch kids, nestle within the fronded splendor. Humidity, multitudinous palms, and fruit-bearing canopy trees abound in the tropical room, and a central pond provides a soothing spot for koi to exchange gossip around the air cooler. Arid-air enthusiasts seek solace in the cacti-peppered desert room, which features an insectivorous plant corner and a massive, once-blooming agave plant.
Although admission to the conservatory is free with a suggested donation of $2, membership comes with the many additional benefits listed.