Chicago Park District

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

1/19/2012

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

WHO: 
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.

WHERE & WHEN:
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

DETAILS:
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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