February 1, 2016
The days are getting longer, and while it’s too soon to talk of spring, a few snowdrops and witch hazels have been spotted trying to bloom. Enjoy a brisk winter walk and see the ever-changing beauty of the landscapes at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Falling snow brings its own serene beauty as it turns vistas into picture-postcard scenes. Evergreens, ornamental grasses, berries and bark can provide interest even on dull, cloudy days. Red-twig dogwood, the green-stemmed Japanese kerria and yellow willow branches really stand out at this time of year. Take a walk along the east road or around the Great Basin for ever-changing views of the ice-covered lakes and picturesque bridges. The Greenhouses have been converted into an orchid-lovers paradise, with the Orchid Show beginning on February 13.