Mum show returns to Garfield Park Conservatory

October 29, 2008 2:00:36 PM PDT
The free indoor mum flower show, "Mums the Word," returns for this year only from October 11 through November 9 at the Garfield Park Conservatory.(News Release) The flower show is making a rare bloom this year for the Garfield Park Conservatory's 100th birthday. "In honor of the Conservatory's centennial year, we decided to resurrect the past with this former favorite fall flower show," said Chicago Park District Conservatory Director Mary Eysenbach. "Just for this year, visitors can enjoy an exhibit that is representative of a more traditional display of mums from the 1920s."

Conservatory visitors will travel back in time with a re-creation of the indoor chrysanthemum show that was so popular at the Conservatory in the 1920s. Thousands of the traditional "Queen of Fall" flowers, including spider, quill, daisy, brush, anemone, button and daisy mums, will color the show house in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, lavender and green. Artistically displayed as cascades, hanging baskets, tree forms and several large bush mums, the flowers will mingle with additional plants. The last year the Garfield Park Conservatory exhibited an indoor mum show was in 1999.

This year, each unique flower show and event held at the Garfield Park Conservatory will pay tribute to its long illustrious history, with portions of each show devoted to an all-American selection of hybrids created during a given time period.

Also at the Garfield Park Conservatory

In addition to the indoor display, check out the Outdoor Fall Flower Show in the CityGarden, featuring hardy mums, ornamental kales, and other fall botanicals.

For more information about events and programs at the Garfield Park Conservatory, call 773-638-1766 or go to


Garfield Park Conservatory is located just fifteen minutes west of downtown. From I-290, exit Independence Avenue(3800 west) and travel north. Turn east onto Washington Blvd. Turn north onto Central Park Avenue(3600 west). The parking lot will be on your left, just before you reach the Conservatory. Alternatively, take the CTA Green line and exit at Conservatory/Central Park Drive. Contact phone number: 312 742 7529.