March 1, 2015
Come see orchids galore in the greenhouses and galleries during the Orchid Show. The orchids are planted among other colorful tropical plants including palm trees, hibiscus, aloes, acacias, kalanchoes and jasmine. Bundle up and enjoy a brisk winter walk and see the ever-changing beauty of the landscapes at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Plentiful snow has it turned 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. Snowdrops are late, awaiting the big thaw that we hope is just around the corner. Take a walk along the east road or around the Great Basin for ever-changing views of the ice-covered lakes and picturesque bridges.