"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).
The folder includes a slide list and excerpts from publications featuring the gardens.
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