Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago

The originally scheduled June speaker cancelled but we didn’t have to do without an interesting talk thanks to one of our members, Susan, offering to give a presentation about her recent visit to Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago. What an amazing place – the well-designed layout meant that one could have spent days looking at all the exhibits, and drooling.

Susan’s photos were fantastic and there was so much to look at. Paved paths wound through the Conservatory, revealing different rooms containing different collections. We saw a huge variety of flowering plants including orchids, irises, anthuriums, and bromeliads, to name a few, in a variety of different colours and colour combinations. The fern room was very large, with a naturalistic style to it, and breathtaking in its beauty.

What is remarkable is that this giant glasshouse has been engineered to ensure optimum growing conditions for all the plants, including tropical varieties, in an area where it snows in winter.


After Susan’s talk, we were challenged to a game of gardening trivia. To ensure random seating arrangements, each member was given a number from one to four, then all the number one’s formed a group, all the number two’s formed another group etc. It was a lot of fun, and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were prizes for the winning group – a potted pansy for each person.

Our next meeting is July 7th when Bruce Higgs of Darvill Nursery will be talking to the club about Plant Nutrition and Terrorism.

Don’t forget to check out the gardening column in the Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine. It appears in every issue and features information about the goings on in this club.


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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