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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Growing in Rockford, IL

Updated on November 30, 2015

The Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens is a perfect place to visit and see beautiful tropical plants and flowers. I've had several opportunities to visit the gardens and look forward to going back to see what's in bloom or growing.

Educational programs are available for adults and children throughout the year at the gardens. Special events such as weddings can also be booked in this picture perfect garden setting. It's located right next to the Rock River and across from the Sinnissippi Park in Rockford, IL.

When you first walk through the stenciled glass doors a fragrant warm mist surrounds you. Stone walkways lead you along paths bordered by exotic plants and flowers. Coconut and palm trees gently sway overhead as water falls splash into clear ponds. Large orange, white and black spotted Koi swim back and forth under stone bridges and next to delicate floating lily pads.

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Orchid Show Delights

Gorgeous orchids strategically suspended in air on thin wires against the glass building appear to be part of an aerial act . Pink, purple and white orchids gently float in ponds or drape from stone walls near cascading water falls. The sights and sounds of this unique garden provide a relaxing and tranquil experience overall.

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"Butterflies are cool!"
"Butterflies are cool!"

Beautiful Butterflies

During a special butterfly show the conservatory and garden was sectioned off with large nets to keep the butterflies from flying to far away. Some did escape into the larger garden area but were a welcome site as they landed on various flowers and visitors.

My grandson was delighted to have a butterfly sit on his finger giving him a much closer look. He was especially interested to see what plants and flowers the butterflies decided to rest on too.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Children's Reading Area
Children's Reading Area
Sculpture by Christoph Kiefhaber
Sculpture by Christoph Kiefhaber

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

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      Green Art 5 years ago

      Hi GmaGoldie so glad to hear that you had a chance to visit this wonderful garden. I'm looking forward to seeing what they finally do with the outdoor gardens as well. It's a garden I plan on seeing a few times a year just to see what growing and blooming.

      I've learned to take my camera everywhere I go as photo opportunities pop up all the time. I'm so happy you enjoy them!

      I do have a hub on the Japanese Anderson Gardens so be sure to check it out when you have a minute. Thanks for stopping by and your kind words!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      We visited a couple of months ago - I must return because the outdoor gardens were not yet complete.

      Beautiful photos. This garden is the crown jewel of Rockford. Beautiful place, wonderful photos - you did it justice.

      Do you have a hub also on Anderson Gardens?

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      Green Art 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Barbsbitsnpieces. I've always loved taking photographs and when you have so many beautiful things to capture its easy. I hope you get a chance to visit someday. Oh, and bring your camera!

      My grandson is always picking up little treasures he finds when were out and about. So far he's collected nuts, robins eggs, and rocks he's found. Seeing nature again through his eyes is so rewarding.

      The Monarch butterflies story is amazing. So glad you enjoyed it.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Green Art...This is lovely photography, and good information for a summer vacation day visit.

      The picture of your grandson is adorable -- his look of joy and discovery!

      The story of the Monarch butterfly's migration is awesome!