Chicago Botanic Garden

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Evening Island

• Serpentine bridge

• Arch bridge

• Fields of flowers and grasses

• Trellis bridge

• Carillon

• Nautilus terrace

• Council ring



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Boyce Tankersley takes us on a fall color tour including Evening Island.

Evening Island

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On Evening Island, five acres of hillside, woodland, and meadow gardens, surrounded by lakes, reflect ever-changing highlights throughout the year.

The garden is accessible by two bridges, the Arch or the Serpentine, which provide two entirely different approaches.

From the stone pathways and terraces of this garden, visitors can enjoy sweeping vistas, as well as views of the most spectacular summer sunsets. Each season is celebrated with a unique combination of horticultural treasures that peak at designated times.

Evening Island is an example of the New American Garden style of landscape design, which features vast naturalistic sweeps of low-maintenance grasses, perennials, and roses to create a living tapestry. The garden is sited, appropriately, between the formality of the English Walled Garden and the wildness of the native Prairie.

Special features of this garden are the Nautilus terrace, a Jens Jensen-inspired council ring, and the Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon.

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