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The Garfield Park Conservatory sustained catastrophic damage in the June 30, 2011 hailstorm, shattering approximately half of the glass panes in the roofs of the historic Fern Room, Show House, and ten propagation greenhouses. The glass panes in the Desert House also sustained significant damage. The pathways, ponds and plants in the Fern Room, Show House, Desert House and propagation houses were covered with broken glass, and shards of glass hung dangerously from the roofs.

The broken glass has been removed, and the roofs of the damaged display houses have been covered with temporary poly-carbonate sheeting to keep the plants protected and keep the environment inside the rooms steady. All of the display houses at the Garfield Park Conservatory are currently open to the public, as are all of the outdoor gardens. However, extensive construction will have to be done to recreate the permanent roofs of these rooms. The damaged propagation greenhouses were repaired during the summer of 2012. The Show House repair process began in the summer of 2013, and repairs will continue through the winter. The Fern Room and Desert House are scheduled to be repaired in 2014.

Donor List for One Pane at a Time Campaign

Thank you to everyone who donated to the One Pane At A Time campaign to help rebuild the Conservatory. Click Here to view the Donor List.

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Conservatory Information

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