This post could easily be called “How to Keep Warm in the Winter” because yesterday’s temperature fell somewhere between 14*F and -3*F. (It felt closer to -3). Winter is not my favorite season so I have to make an effort to get outside my comfort zone of hot tea and six down blankets. When I lived in Minneapolis, I went to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul fairly often. It’s tropical warmth, humidity, primate house and free admission made up for the 40 minute bus ride from my apartment.
Fortunately, Rockford has the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens. The conservatory houses exotic plants, including a jackfruit, papaya and lychee trees, several varieties of palm, bromeliads like Spanish moss, and carnivorous plants. It’s the sort of place that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a painting by Henri Rousseau. A stream filled with koi runs through through the middle. The conservatory hosts events throughout the year, including an Orchid Show, which closes tomorrow. Above is a collection of photographs from the conservatory, mostly orchids.
1354 N. 2nd Street
Rockford, IL 61107