handle with caution

One of my favorite Chicago haunts is the Garfield Park Conservatory on Central Park just north of Lake Street. It has an Aroid House, which is a large room containing all sorts of aroids, spiky plants belonging to the Araceae family.

Plant size and form vary considerably.

Bunny Ears Cactus. Notice the tiny white clusters of glochids.

Yellow Tower.

Aeonium.

Golden Barrel Cactus.

And Queen Victoria Agave.

Admire with ease, but handle with caution.

trailside museum of natural history

Chicago’s suburbs–there is Park Forest, Forest Park, Oak Forest, Lake Forest. (So many forests.) And on the western edge of River Forest sits the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History. A smallish museum in a grand building.

You can read about native birds and trees. Free admission for those looking for an complimentary place to learn.