For two evenings this month, the Garfield Park Conservatory will welcome visitors to taste and learn about the naturally sweet tropical plants that have given us history's favorite flavors.
On Wednesday, February 8 and Wednesday, February 15 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. fact and flavor stations will be staffed by educators throughout the Conservatory featuring displays about chocolate, chicle, vanilla, cinnamon, chewing gum, banana and more.
Additional activities for kids include:
•Interactive Tropical Tunes by children's music performer Sandy Lucas. Sandy will lead an interactive sing-n-dance-n-jam along concert in Horticulture Hall
•Hands-on activities, including homemade paper ukuleles, tissue paper leis, Valentine’s day cards and more
•Soil Digging Station and “Sweet Read” Book Nook in the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden
In addition, a special chocolate-tasting lounge, free to members and $5 for visitors will be available in the Community Room during event hours with a self-guided chocolate “taste test” quest, self-serve hot cocoa bar, candy-themed board games, a drawing to win a sweet-themed gift basket and more.
•Sweet Talks at the Conservatory Series will be held in conjunction with Tropical Treat Nights, featuring talks highlighting the botany, chemistry and cultural history of some of the sweetest plants. Pre-registration online is encouraged to reserve your spot for this series of talks. The $5 suggested donation per talk will be collected at the door (the talks are free for GPCA Members).
-photo credit, onezzzart, flickr