Remnants of last week's snow storms laying in half melted piles beside the road make it difficult to believe that the first day of Spring is here. While we had originally planned on spending the weekend exploring outdoors, we decided the weather called for a different route. We decided to bring Spring indoors.
Our last visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory was a little over two years ago and it wasn't completely repaired from a damaging storm in 2011. We finally made it back this weekend to see it in it's full glory. It was just what we needed to get in the Spring mindset.
We arrived at the gardens before noon and found that it wasn't very crowded. Anticipating the climate change, we left our puffy winter jackets in the car and headed into the dome.
Our favorite rooms within the conservatory were without a doubt the Fern Room and the Desert House - both of which were closed off for construction on our last trip. In the Fern Room, the lush greenery and moss hanging above you really add to the feeling of walking through a rainforest. As you make your way through the room, you can hear water flowing into a pond where a few turtles have made a home for themselves. The entire ambiance makes you forget your in the middle of Chicago.
Walking into the Desert House, made us really thankful we left our coats in the car. Here we found my personal favorite type of plants - cacti and succulents. We enjoyed searching for the patterns they created, be it with their needles dispersed in neat rows or the gradients from one plants to the next.
After the conservatory we felt inspired to bring some greenery into our own home. We stopped at two local garden shops on the way home - Sprout and Christy Weber. Since we haven't had much luck with keeping plants in the past, both shops were very helpful in helping us find some low maintenance plants to fit our ability. We brought home a little cactus, a snake plant & a dracaena plant to add to our growing collection of greenery. Their presence in our apartment immediately made it feel more refreshing.
Glad to finally be welcoming in the Spring season! While we enjoyed bringing the outside in, we're really looking forward to hitting the trails again in the near future.