The Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens Celebrates 1st Birthday

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- More than 50,000 people have passed through the Nicholas conservatory and Gardens since it first opened at this time last year. This weekend, employees are celebrating the attendance numbers.

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens is celebrating its one year anniversary. It first opened to the public on October 28, 2011. The facility has played host to weddings, birthdays, and other events throughout the last 12 months. Employees say it’s a real treat to have such a gem along Rockford’s riverfront.

"This is something that fo the last 100 years we've had an ordinary greenhouse down here. Now we boast a conservatory. It’s a living museum, it’s a place that's ever changing and a place to learn,” says Clayton Guler, Operations Manager for the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens.

Employees say next month, the facility is hosting a giant LEGO exhibit for kids of all ages to check out.