Chicago Botanic Garden

What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Outlying Gardens — November 18, 2014


Iroquois Beauty™ black
chokeberry (Aronia


Birch (Betula populifolia


Korean feather reed
grass (Calamagrostis


Witch hazel
(Hamamelis virginiana
'Harvest Moon')

Kleinman Family Cove: Just a few straggling flowers are left, and they will soon be gone as well. The leafless dogwood trees prominently display bright red bark and grasses have saved their best for the last of the season with a show of striking gold and orange color.

Grunsfeld Growing Garden: The entrance bed has been cleared for fall bulb planting. For the short term, other beds still contain vegetables such as red cabbage and celery. Strawflowers, towering sorghum and grasses also remain. Potted chrysanthemums add a bit of color.

Visitor Center: Evergreens and holiday lights are being added to the entrance area. Fall Color/Interest: Hess cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei') ―red berries, Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) ―pods, Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii) ―red berries, Autumn Jazz® arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum 'Ralph Senior') —fall color.

Parking Lots, Lake-Cook Entrance and Gatehouse: Blooms are done for the season. Fall color: FIREFALL™ Freeman Maple (Acer x freemanii 'Firefall'), Green Mountain sugar maple (Acer saccharum 'Green Mountain'), FALL FIESTA™ Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum 'Bailsta'), dwarf blood-twig dogwood (Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Flame'), redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea), bearberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri 'Ursynow') – red berries, spreading cotoneaster (Cotoneaster divaricatus), AUTUMN EMBERS™ Vernal Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis 'KLMNineteen'), Autumn Blaze pear (Pyrus calleryana 'Autumn Blaze'), Belle Poitevine rugosa rose (Rosa 'Belle Poitevine'), Japanese spireas (Spiraea japonica), Autumn Jazz® arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum 'Ralph Senior'), nannyberry (Viburnum lentago). Ornamental fruit: Winter King hawthorn (Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'), Prairifire crabapple (Malus 'Prairifire'), flowering Japanese crabapple (Malus floribunda), Jack crabapple (Malus baccata var. jackii), Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii).

Plant Science Center: Common witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) –in flower. Fall Fiesta ™ Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum 'Balista')—leaf color, Autumn Fantasy® Freeman Maple (Acer freemanii 'DTR102)—leaf color, Iroquois Beauty™ black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa 'Morton')—berries, gray birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') –white bark, Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha)—seed heads, blue-joint (Calamagrostis canadensis)—seed heads, Cardinal redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Cardinal') –red stems, swamp rose (Rosa palustris)—hips.

Bernice E. Lavin Plant Sun Plant Evaluation Garden: Several varieties of common witch hazels (Hamamelis virginiana) in bloom. Centered by the sundial sculpture, with a backdrop of Trellis Bridge and Evening Island, Lavin Garden welcomes winter. Tall moor grasses and fountain grasses wave in silvery lace and golden copper. White bark of birch trees (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') and red bark of red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Bergesson's Compact') flank the entrance.