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Chicago -- Garfield Park Conservatory

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref6758
GUID
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6bb1c0cf0-fb9c-4280-81ea-c347a10ed0d8
General
"Garfield Park holds Chicago's famous conservatory. Built in 1893, the 4 1/2 acre Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Blvd.) represents one of the largest and finest publicly owned conservatories in the world. Its enormous collection contains over five thousand varieties and species, and its propagating houses grow nearly three hundred thousand plants each year. Displays include the Palm House, the Fernery (over a hundred kinds of ferns), the Aroid House (tropicals), the Cactus House and and Economic Plant Houses (tropicals, citrus, spices), and the Main Horticultural Hall and the Show House, where massive floral exhibitions are held four times yearly. Near the conservatory is the large Garfield Park garden, 4 acres containing over twenty-four formal flower beds (fifteen thousand annuals), and a pool containing the best waterlily collection (fifty varieties) in the Midwest."
Persons associated with property include: Jens Jenson (landscape architect); Chicago Park District Special Collections (Provenance).
Landscape architect
Jensen, Jens, 1860-1951
Provenance
Chicago Park District Special Collections
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
Garfield Park Conservatory (Chicago, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Chicago
Topic
Gardens -- Illinois -- Chicago
Landscape architect
Jensen, Jens, 1860-1951
Provenance
Chicago Park District Special Collections
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Sponsor
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File IL073
Type
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Bibliography
Garden has been featured in Chicago Historical Society. Prairie in the City: Naturalism in Chicago's Parks, 1870-1940. Chicago: The Society, 1991. Garden has been featured in Miller, Everitt L. The American Garden Guidebook: a traveler's guide to extraordinary beauty along the beaten path. New York, N.Y.: M Evans, c1987. Garden has been featured in The American Association for Museums. The Official Museum Directory. Macmillion Directory Division, 1990.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes a slide list and excerpts from publications featuring the gardens.
Collection Restrictions
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Related Materials
Garfield Park Conservatory related holdings consist of 1 folder (2 35 mm. slides)
AAG.GCA_ref6758
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AAG.GCA
AAG
Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210179253-0
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