Ongoing: 'Sugar from the Sun' at Garfield Park

June 16, 2008 8:53:11 AM PDT
"Sugar from the Sun" is an exhibit like no other. Pathways through four exotic botanical environments lead to the discovery of how plants take in and use air, water and sunlight to make sugar-energy in every leaf. Visitors of all ages hide among curtains of vanilla bean plants, walk "on air" and through towers of gnarled roots, feel the mist from waterfalls and inhale the sweet scent of flowers to experience the amazing, hidden process of photosynthesis.

Nearly 2,000 tropical plants tucked among 200 tons of stone and hanging from 13-foot-tall planters, 14-foot-tall steel trees and enormous ring planters. Sound that moves along pathways using new technology, and lighting that reacts to changing natural light conditions. Illuminated signage integrated into exhibit features and plantings. Decorative floor replicates natural environments.

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Ave., Chicago. garfield-conservatory.org

Presented by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and the Chicago Park District, and made possible by a generous donation from the National Science Foundation. A highlight of "Chicagoasis: The Greenest Show on Earth" ? a year-long celebration of the Conservatory's 100th birthday in 2008.

Every plant product we use ? for food, medicine, fiber, fuel, building materials ? starts out as sugar-energy produced by a plant. By valuing and protecting plants, we are contributing to the protection of all life on Earth.

There is no admittance charge to the Garfield Park Conservatory, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays to 8 p.m. Parking is free and convenient.


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