Spend some time this summer and fall with some hungry, hungry plants at Nicholas Conservatory!

Nicholas Conservatory is bringing back their Carnivorous Plants exhibit with some new additions this year. The exhibit runs through November 7, 2021. 

There are three parts to the Savage Gardens exhibit that you can visit in whatever order you’d like.

Inside the classroom, you can watch a short movie (under 10 minutes) that spoofs three vintage horror movies like Godzilla. Keep an eye out for Nicholas Conservatory staff who star in the movie! The movie is more silly than scary with scenarios like plants tricking people into falling into their mouths and people turning into plastic skeletons when they touch a plant.

The game room has some books to look through as well as a few card games that families can play including War and Memory. The cards show pictures of different types of carnivorous plants and there are instructions on how to play.

The plant exhibit includes several types of carnivorous plants in glass display cases as well as some sitting out in the open around the Conservatory. 

Don’t miss the three large mixed-media sculptures! Two of the sculptures are interactive. Kids can climb inside a plant and snap the mouths of the Venus flytrap closed on unsuspecting flies. There are also several cute backdrops throughout the conservatory where you can take photos.

Carnivorous plant artwork made by local tattoo artists is on display in the lobby and available for sale. There are also small carnivorous plants and other themed items available in the gift shop. Throughout the exhibit, there will be carnivorous plant-themed events. You can view a calendar of upcoming events on their website here.

Where: Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL

When: June 29 through November 7, 2021

Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm
Saturdays – Sundays from 10 am – 3 pm

Cost: $7 per resident / $9 per non-resident (adults)

$5 per resident / $7 per non-resident (kids ages 5-17)
$3 per resident / $4 per non-resident (kids ages 3-4)

Kids 2 and under are free

To get tickets, you can pre-purchase in advance here or walk in.

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