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May 2016

Sun 1 May

The Midwest Daffodil Society’s show features hundreds of daffodils on display that will be judged by the Society.

Midwest Daffodil Society Show
Mon 2 May

Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Monday mornings in the Lenhardt Library!

PHOTO: story time
Fri 6 May

Join us for National Public Gardens Day today!

Sat 7 May

Various educational exhibitions will be on display to explain the world of African violets and demonstrate the diversity within this plant family.

PHOTO: Violet Show
Sat 7 May

The Central States Dahlia Society holds its annual dahlia sale, which features dahlia tubers and plants in a wide array of sizes, shapes, and colors.

PHOTO: Dahlia Show
Sat 7 May

The Midwest chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents a display and sale of more than 25 rhododendron and azalea varieties grown by members.

PHOTO: Rhododendron
Sat 7 May

Gather your family together for a remarkably fast tour of the United States!

Model Railroad Garden opens
Sun 8 May

This event is sold out.

Mother's Day Brunch
Sun 8 May

Various educational exhibitions will be on display to explain the world of African violets and demonstrate the diversity within this plant family.

PHOTO: Violet Show
Sun 8 May

The Central States Dahlia Society holds its annual dahlia sale, which features dahlia tubers and plants in a wide array of sizes, shapes, and colors.

PHOTO: Dahlia Show
Sun 8 May

The Midwest chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents a display and sale of more than 25 rhododendron and azalea varieties grown by members.

PHOTO: Rhododendron
Mon 9 May

Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Monday mornings in the Lenhardt Library!

PHOTO: story time
Thu 12 May

Garden historian Marta McDowell traces the story of the White House grounds, from George Washington’s obsession with collecting trees to Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden.

Thu 12 May

Singer/songwriter Brendan James, known for his soulful sound and engaging lyrics, continues our indie concert series at the Garden.

Brendan James
Sat 14 May

Join us for bonsai demonstrations and a walk featuring spring-blooming bonsai in our Bonsai Collection.

World Bonsai Day
Mon 16 May

Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Monday mornings in the Lenhardt Library!

PHOTO: story time
Fri 20 May

Members-only event. Join our expert Chicago Botanic Garden staff for an informative behind-the-scenes tour of our production greenhouses and nursery.

Behind the Scenes
Sat 21 May

The Midwest Bonsai Society’s spring show features spring-blooming trees, bonsai on rocks, and suiseki (the Japanese art of stones).

PHOTO: Midwest Bonsai Show
Sat 21 May

Representatives from SavATree answer your tree questions right outside the Krasberg Rose Garden. A tree walk follows at 1 p.m.

Ask the Arborist
Sat 21 May

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony.

Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival
Sat 21 May

Members-only event. Join our expert Chicago Botanic Garden staff for an informative behind-the-scenes tour of our production greenhouses and nursery.

Behind the Scenes
Sun 22 May

The Midwest Bonsai Society’s spring show features spring-blooming trees, bonsai on rocks, and suiseki (the Japanese art of stones).

PHOTO: Midwest Bonsai Show
Sun 22 May

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony.

Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival
Sun 22 May

Join us for a new series of family-friendly mini-fests…featuring the 2016 Herb of the Year, peppers!

Pepper Sundays
Mon 23 May

Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Monday mornings in the Lenhardt Library!

PHOTO: story time
Thu 26 May

Come enjoy a taste of spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Grapevines & Wines
Sat 28 May

Sponsored by the Northshore Iris & Daylily Society, the show features more than ten artistic arrangements and 75 irises in bloom.

PHOTO: Iris Show
Sat 28 May

An outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world.

Butterflies & Blooms
Sat 28 May

Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater.

Garden Chef Series
Sun 29 May

Sponsored by the Northshore Iris & Daylily Society, the show features more than ten artistic arrangements and 75 irises in bloom.

PHOTO: Iris Show
Sun 29 May

Noted chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater.

Garden Chef Series

May 2016