April 1, 2015
Get ready—a change is coming, from brown and dreary to green and pretty! Snowdrops, crocus, squills and winter aconite are blooming in the Bulb Garden. An iris named 'George' is blooming in the Sensory Garden and 'Katharine Hodgkin' is in the Landscape Garden. Witch hazels in the Landscape Garden and at the north end of the Lavin Evaluation Garden have unfurled their little petals. Horticulturists are busy raking and preparing flower beds for annuals that will be planted starting next week. If you feel chilly, you can seek shelter in the Greenhouses, with beautiful tropical plants in bloom, including many aloes, euphorbias, tropical butterfly bushes, orchids, and several cultivars of Natal lily. In the semi-tropical greenhouses, inhale the fragrance from Scots broom, sweet almond verbena and pittosporum. Come and enjoy the beauty of spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden.