Oak Park Conservatory opens memorial garden

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

More than a year after construction began on the Herbert M. Rubenstein Memorial Garden at the Oak Park Conservatory, the Park District of Oak Park will hold a grand opening party on Saturday morning. 

Authorization for the project, which is part of the park district’s comprehensive master plan to revamp public park spaces in Oak Park, was granted in January of 2009, but the actual construction of the memorial garden didn’t begin until June of 2010.

The garden’s namesake, Herbert Rubenstein, was a co-founder of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes the conservatory. Rubenstein was a doctor at Loyola University Hospital and a professor of medicine and orthopedics. He died in 2008, and his family contributed a large sum of money for the garden construction project. Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory also committed money to the project.

The grand opening event and formal dedication will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on July 9 at the Oak Park Conservatory at 615 Garfield. Refreshments will be served while guests are invited to admire the trees, shrubs, and perennials planted throughout the memorial garden. The garden also features a patio area, fountain and sculpture, a plant wall, and park benches.

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Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 11:30 PM

Add the wonderful garden at the Maze Library to the list of spots to check out this summer.

Sandy Lentz from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 11:14 PM

Thanks for the coverage...but please, please couldn't you have spelled Dr. Rubinstein's name right?? (The second vowel is an "i", not an "e".) It was correct on the dedicatory boulder, in the program, and even in my letter, which you also published. You guys usually do better than this.

Memorial Patio  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 3:56 PM

A lovely space, but hardly a green space or "garden" much more of a memorial patio

muriel schnierow from River Forest,il  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 11:25 AM

This is a wonderful present to the area and let us also pay tribute to Elvira Rubenstein who gave heart to all the projects

janice patterson from oak park   

Posted: July 11th, 2011 10:29 PM

What a lovely effort by the family to honor his memory and let all of Oak Park benefit from this beautiful space.

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