See spring in full bloom at the Oak Park Conservatory. Sunday, March 11, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory hosted its annual Spring Kids Fest. Henrietta Yardley created a magnificent display with snapdragons and flowering bulbs to complement each room. John Seaton and Mark Omi worked tirelessly to pull it all together, and the Friends made the building come alive with creative activities.

The conservatory is also an extended community. When I first moved to Oak Park, this was where I went to volunteer, make new friends and connect with others united in our love of things green. I was saddened to learn that Executive Director Rebecca Brislain will soon be leaving. Her work provided a vital centralizing force to a volunteer group involved in myriad efforts. Her professionalism, spunky attitude and tireless dedication will be greatly missed.

I urge everyone to visit the conservatory for a first whiff of spring and while you’re there, bid Rebecca a warm farewell and ask how you can volunteer. You will find that the conservatory is a great place to grow.
Mary Shiffer
Candidate for village trustee, New Leadership ’07


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