In last week's travel post I shared all about my visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo. On that same day we also popped in and visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory which is located only a few steps from the entrance to the zoo. Like the zoo, it is also FREE, but there is a donation box at the entrance.
The Lincoln Park Conservatory is much smaller than the Garfield Park Conservatory, but it is still very nice and enjoyable to walk through; especially on a winter day. It was wonderful to walk in and see and smell such beautiful flowers.
The Conservatory was constructed in the late nineteenth century and consists of outside botanical gardens as well as the glass domed structure itself. The building contains four display houses: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House, and the Show House which showcases annual flower shows.
Because it is spring, the Show House consisted of spring blooming azaleas and tulips!
These yellow tulips opening up towards the sun are gorgeous!
I love azaleas but always have difficulty growing them in my neck of the woods, so I really appreciate them when I see them.
Isn't this yellow jasmine plant just the sweetest?
I visited the conservatory about a week after Valentine's Day and they still had this pretty heart display of cyclamens up.
This is the Palm House.
The Palm House contains giant palms and rubber trees. There are more than twelve different types of palms and it also includes palms that bear fruit.
I love ferns, so the Fern House was one of my favorite rooms. This visitor appears engulfed by the enormous ferns surrounding her.
The Orchid House contains hundreds of orchids, bromeliads, and carnivorous plants. I really liked the beauty pictured below.
I ordered the Adams Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake. It is a creamy cheesecake swirled with caramel, peanut butter, Butterfinger, and Reeces Peanut Butter Cups. Yum! So Delicious! And yes, I ate it all up; including the frosting which was so sweet it made me sick. But I still enjoyed it. Next time though, I'll have to order it with a cup of coffee to balance out the sweetness.
Ashley and Jason are both gluten free so they ordered the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake. It is layers of flourless Godiva chocolate cake, Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, and chocolate mousse. Theirs was fabulous too. Good thing we did a lot of walking that day to burn off the calories!
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