Nicholas Conservancy and Gardens – Rockford, Illinois

Last weekend was our ‘2014 Camper Opener Weekend’. We went to Paradise Resort in Garden Prairie. Every year we have gotten a bit better at remembering most of the supplies, however, sometimes the basics get missed.
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If you’re not familiar with what this is, it’s a flat-screen T.V. wall mount. Currently being viewed without the T.V. It was safely left at home in storage. Hmmm. maybe this was some Freudian slip, as I have been trying to ween myself off of the idiot box.

My husband has an uncanny ability of finding cool things to check out while on vacation. Last time we were here, we went to the Train museum. This time he found the Nicholas Conservancy and Gardens. There was a butterfly show going on also.

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There are beautiful bioswales dotted with many benches and viewing areas.

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The gardens will be very colorful in the next month or so. The water features weren’t on while we were there.

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The conservancy is in the process of becoming a LEED certified facility. I’m not sure how much I agree with their ‘open-loop system‘, but here’s quickly how it works: Water is pumped up from a high aquifer where the temperature is 55F. It is used to either heat or cool the building. The used water is utilized in the building, irrigation and then discharged into the Rock River right next door.

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This is the green roof that is right above the geothermal pumping room in the last photo. These are the vents.

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This orchid smelled like chocolate!!

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Wow, lots of goldfish!!

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My butterfly face! Rock River in the background.

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These were along the trail. So cool!!

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17 thoughts on “Nicholas Conservancy and Gardens – Rockford, Illinois

  1. The conservancy looked great. We all need more of these things. And the flowers were brilliant as usual. Glad you liked my two girls. I have a sixteen year old but her mother won’t let me post photos of her. Thanks a lot for keeping my stats ticking over.

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  2. Looks like a very nice trip you had! And cool place for sure. Isn’t it strange how nice it is to visit such places even before they’ve all grown in? It’s almost like seeing behind stage, but you still can’t wait to see the show!

    I believe that last Orchid, the one that smelled like chocolate, is what’s called Oncidium Sharry Baby and is rather famous among collectors for its smell. I have a hybrid of this, ‘Heaven Scent’, and it has a very sweet smell as well. They’re patenting the plant!

    (I’m not a big person picture poster either. ;-))

    Thanks for sharing.
    eLPy

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