Last Saturday was a banner day. I finally got to check out the “Niki in the Garden” exhibit that was at the Garfield Park Conservatory all summer. Niki de Saint Phalle (who died in 2002) was a French artist who found her creativity, apparently, after she had a complete nervous breakdown. Her story is very fascinating; her artwork is mindbogglingly brilliant.

My partner in crime was my 15-year-old son. We arrived, after horrible traffic, about 35 minutes before closing. I waffled the entire trip there about whether we should turn back because the day was disappearing, but the exhibit leaves on Halloween, this Wednesday, and I just didn’t see how I could fit a visit into another day.

I am so glad we went. The sculptures were absolutely amazing, and we enjoyed walking through the differently-themed plant areas in the conservatory.

The best part? My FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD thanked me for bringing him. It doesn’t get much better than that…