Ring in the Chinese New Year at Garfield Park Conservatory's Reopening of the Last 2 Rooms Affected by the June 2011 Hailstorm


desert-roomIt’s the Year of the Dragon! Chinese Dragon Procession Marks Reopening

Ring in the Chinese New Year by joining dragon dancers of the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center in a celebratory procession marking the reopening of the Aroid House and Desert House affected by the June 2011 hailstorm.

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Sunday, January 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

o Opening Remarks; 11 – 11:10 a.m. in Horticultural Hall
o Dragon Procession; 11:10 – 11:30 a.m. starts and ends in Horticulture Hall (throughout Conservatory)
o Reception; 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Horticulture Hall
o Traditional Chinese Music; 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Horticulture Hall
o Plant “living luck”; 1 – 3 p.m. in Children’s Garden

After the Dragon procession through the Conservatory, visitors can enjoy a reception with fortune cookies, hot cider and oranges in Horticulture Hall. In addition, visitors can partake in a self-guided scavenger hunt highlighting Conservatory plants signifying good fortune, Chinese traditions, and this year's Chinese Zodiac symbol, the dragon.  Participants receive a prize for completing the plant scavenger hunt.   From 1 - 3 p.m., stop by the Children's Garden to plant a little living luck to take home. (Supplies limited- plantings will occur while materials available.) Traditional Chinese musician Kerry Leung will be performing music of the Chinese New Year from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Horticulture Hall.

The Chinese Dragon dates back to 3000 BC and stands for happiness, immortality, procreation, fertility and activity. Chinese Dragons were believed to ward off evil spirits.


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