GARFIELD PARK — The indoor gardens at the Garfield Park Conservatory will soon be open to guests after being closed due to the pandemic.
Visitors to the conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., can reserve timed-entry slots to accommodate social distancing and a lower capacity. People who live near the conservatory will be given first pick of the 60-minute reservation slots. Postcards with sign-up information were sent to neighbors living within a half-mile of the conservatory.
Registration was open for neighbors and conservatory members as of Wednesday morning. For the general public, registration opens 10 a.m. Friday. To register, click here.
The reservation slots will be available for the conservatory’s new hours: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday.
“We want to safely offer the physical and mental health benefits of nature in our global plant collection this winter,” said Jennifer Van Valkenburg, president of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, in a statement. “Nature provides proven physical and mental health benefits, especially during periods of stress.”
The conservatory will reopen exclusively for neighbors and members from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26. It will open to everyone else with reservations Feb. 27.
The Conservatory’s spring flower show, Saturation, opens Feb. 27. The show uses flowers to immerse guests in the vivid colors of the rainbow.
Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.
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