Plant Evaluation Garden

The Bernice E. Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden is the site for the Chicago Botanic Garden's Plant Evaluation Program, where scientists study plants to determine which are best suited for midwestern gardens and those in similar climates.

As part of the program, perennials, shrubs, and vines are trialed side by side for four to six years. Overall plant performance, winter hardiness, resistance to disease and insects, and more are recorded. At the end of the evaluation period, the detailed findings are published in Plant Evaluation Notes.