GLENCOE, Ill. (March 26, 2014) – Open your eyes to The Hidden Beauty of Moths, an innovative print exhibition coming to the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 19. Internationally acclaimed artist Joseph Scheer, a pioneer in the use of extreme-resolution scanners, will display larger-than-life images revealing the exquisite features and magnificent colors of moths, insects on the fringe of human awareness.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 9, 2014) –The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival provides a weekend of special activities, performances and demonstrations focusing on traditional celebrations for the young. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, at the McGinley Pavilion. Admission is free, though parking fees apply to nonmembers.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 4, 2014) - The American Flower Show Series, a growing national horticultural program, brings together amateur and expert gardeners and educators through exhibits and programs that focus on America’s favorite flower groups. Visitors can discover the best plant varieties to grow in their own home gardens, see the “Best of Show” plants on display, learn about plant diversity at its finest, buy plants to take home and have their questions answered by the Midwest's leading plant enthusiasts and experts.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 3, 2014) – The Farmers’ Market returns on Sunday, May 4, for the 2014 season. The festive and friendly event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the Esplanade, arguably the most beautiful venue for an outdoor marketplace in the Chicago area. Featuring seasonal produce, artisanal cheese, award-winning jams, free-range meats, local honey, handcrafted serving pieces and more, the market will continue on the first and third Sunday of the month through October 19.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 2, 2014) – Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, an outdoor exhibition beloved by kids of all ages, will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, May 10. The masterfully crafted and magical exhibition offers a garden-scale train tour of iconic national monuments such as Mt. Rushmore and the White House. New this year will be the historic Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 1, 2014) – Four native ecosystems and themed display gardens create an ideal environment for Camp CBG, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s signature summer day camp for children from 2 to 15 years old. The program is accredited by the American Camp Association and offers a series of morning, afternoon, supervised-lunch, and full-day camps from June 16 to August 15, 2014.
Rare Book Exhibition: Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print – Continuing through May 11
GLENCOE, Ill. (March 13, 2014) – Wendy Hollender, author, instructor, and accomplished botanical artist, will lead a two-day workshop on the grisaille painting technique at the Chicago Botanic Garden in April. Her visit is just one of the wide-ranging gardening, art, wellness, and nature classes offered by the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, Ill. (February 19, 2014) – Over 350 people came in from the cold to “Escape to Paradise,” a preview event for the Orchid Show. The Hawaiian Islands provided leis and a welcoming aloha to guests upon entry into the warm floral oasis, which featured 10,000 sensational orchids in floor-to-ceiling displays of colorful, fragrant blooms. Aloha Lives! played and hula dancers entertained while guests sipped a “paradise cocktail” and savored Hawaiian-inspired hors d’oeuvres.
GLENCOE, Ill. (February 11, 2014) – Chicago Botanic Garden members can obtain reduced admission to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show taking place Saturday, March 15 through Sunday, March 23 at Navy Pier. A $4 discount will be given to visitors showing their Garden membership cards when purchasing tickets at the box office. The offer may not be combined with other discount offers and is not valid for online ticket orders.
GLENCOE, Ill. (February 6, 2014) – A juried photography exhibition will display 65 to 70 views of the Chicago Botanic Garden and other natural scenes from March 22 through April 6, 2014, in the Regenstein Center’s Joutras Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Normal parking fees apply.
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 29, 2014) – The Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print rare book exhibition gives visitors a glimpse into the Victorian orchid craze and makes the case for the conservation and restoration of sensitive habitats. Many of the species depicted in the beautiful scientific illustrations on display face environmental threats, according to Stacy Stoldt, curator of the Lenhardt Library’s latest rare book exhibition opening on Friday, February 14, in conjunction with the Orchid Show.
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 13, 2014) – The Illinois Orchid Society will launch the Spring 2014 American Flower Show Series at the Chicago Botanic Garden with an exhibition on March 8 and 9. The event will be held in conjunction with the Orchid Show, a month-long exhibition staged throughout the Regenstein Center from February 15 through March 16.
GLENCOE, IL (December 30, 2013) – For the first time in its 41-year history, the Chicago Botanic Garden has attracted more than one million visitors in a calendar year. Today’s milestone represents a five percent increase over 2012, the second highest attendance year on record, and is the fourth annual attendance record in the past five years.
GLENCOE, Ill. (December 20, 2013) – For the first time in its 41-year history, the Chicago Botanic Garden is on the cusp of attracting one million visitors in a calendar year. The benchmark, which the Garden hopes to reach on December 31, represents a 5 percent increase over 2012, the second highest attendance year on record. That year, 954,727 people visited the Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (December 13, 2013) – The Chicago Botanic Garden today awarded the Forest Preserves of Cook County the 2013 Hutchinson Medal to recognize leadership in ecological restoration and education.
The Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society recently held its eighth annual All Aboard! Party amid the Garden’s festive indoor holiday and model train exhibition, Wonderland Express. In keeping with All Aboard! tradition, the benefit chairs, Marianne Bestler, of Hinsdale, and Carole Sandner, of Lake Bluff, evoked the theme of a grand train journey, “From Paris to Versailles in Style.” Peggy Carr, a Woman’s Board member since 1960, served as honorary chair of the event.
GLENCOE, IL (November 21, 2013) – On December 4, the Chicago Botanic Garden will be the first public garden in the country, and the first cultural institution in Chicago, to host a virtual field trip utilizing the Google+ platform. Funding for field trips is shrinking, so why not bring the field trip directly to students?
GLENCOE, Ill. (November 7, 2013) Multiyear efforts to restore native species to two natural areas at the Chicago Botanic Garden—the Garden Lakes and McDonald Woods—have received four honors from three diverse organizations.
GLENCOE, Ill. (November 7, 2013) – Camp CBG, the summer day-camp program at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has received accreditation from the American Camp Association, an industry group committed to ensuring safe and nurturing camp experiences.
“The ACA accreditation confirms that we’re operating—and have been for years—according to the best practices for day camps,” said Amy Wells, manager of camps at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “It’s the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ for summer camps.”
GLENCOE, Ill. (October 7, 2013) – Chicago Botanic Garden researchers have received a $1.54 million Dimensions in Biodiversity grant from the National Science Foundation to study the way flowers use scent to attract the pollinators they need to reproduce and survive. The floral scent may also draw flower predators, and this can play an important role in the evolution and diversification of plant species. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program is a “race against time” to transform our understanding of the scope and role of life on earth, according to the NSF.
GLENCOE, Ill. (September 25, 2013) – A full-day symposium exploring the ethical issues surrounding extinction, and the relationship between species loss and cultural destabilization will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden this spring. “Forum 2014: A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery,” a partnered program with the Center for Humans & Nature, will reflect on the centennial anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon. Activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Garden’s Regenstein Center.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Sept. 24, 2013) — The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden recently hosted the 15th Annual Harvest Ball, drawing 400 guests to the beautiful early fall grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The ball raised $450,000 to support the development of the Learning Campus's educational display garden, designed by Mikyoung Kim. This new garden will welcome families of all backgrounds to the Garden, and its design will foster respect for our environment and inspire lifelong interest in and passion for the natural world and the sciences.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2013) – Two colorful personalities have been slated to speak at the 2014 Antiques & Garden Fair, an event renowned for its vibrant indoor and outdoor decorating ideas. Miles Redd, an interior designer known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour, has brought to life rooms infused with boldness, fantasy, and sophistication. Redd will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11.
GLENCOE, Ill. (September 4, 2013) – A Chicago Botanic Garden study evaluating the effects of a warming climate on the region’s urban forest has identified 40 tree varieties likely to thrive in 2050, but predicts other types now flourishing in the area will begin to decline.
20,000 Square Feet at McCormick Place West Provides SAVOR Foodservice with Produce
GLENCOE, Ill. (Aug. 6, 2013) The Chicago Botanic Garden has planted the largest farm-to-fork rooftop garden in Chicago and the Midwest as part of its ongoing mission to promote local sustainable agriculture and train city residents for careers in urban agriculture. The site’s soil-based garden is located at McCormick Place West, part of the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 29, 2013) –The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plants of Concern (POC) program was recently awarded a $14,000 Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This grant is designed to preserve, protect, perpetuate and enhance non-game wildlife and native plant resources of Illinois through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological balance. POC is a regional rare plant monitoring program designed to assess long-term trends in the state’s rarest plant species.
GLENCOE, IL (July 15, 2013) - The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm (GYF) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The program began in 2003 on a one-acre plot in the Lake County Greenbelt Forest Preserve and has added five sites. Two are in Chicago food desert communities: in Lawndale on the west side and in Washington Park on the south side, which is also home to a junior Green Youth Farm operating out of the Washington Park Field House. Another group of Green Youth Farm teens maintains the Thompson Center planters on Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 3, 2013) – Regular visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden call it their home away from home, one that makes a beautiful setting for a daily walk. Scientists, graduate students and interns see the Garden as a living laboratory for vital conservation efforts. The Garden serves as a place of lifelong learning for the thousands of students attending field trips, adults enrolling in an array of continuing education classes and visitors participating in a wide range of events.
GLENCOE, Ill. (June 24, 2013) – Janice Becker of Deerfield was named the 2012 Chicago Botanic Garden Volunteer of the Year at a recent awards reception. The Garden initiated the award in 1984 to focus attention on the outstanding support given to the Garden each year by all volunteers and to recognize one volunteer who exemplifies extraordinary service.
GLENCOE, Ill. (June 6, 2013) – Seven species of the classic fall-flowering aster have received top five-star ratings and 19 additional types of asters have received four-stars in Plant Evaluation Notes Issue 36, 2013, recently released by the Chicago Botanic Garden.
“Along with goldenrods, asters are classic autumnal flowers of gardens, roadsides, and native landscapes,” said Richard G. Hawke, plant evaluation manager. “They are wonderful companions to a variety of other late-season perennials and grasses.”
Chicago Botanic Garden’s Sixth Year of Windy City Harvest Program
First Workforce Investment Act-approved certificate program in
sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture; 89 percent of graduates currently employed
Chicago Botanic Garden Awarded $750,000 from USDA’s
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
-- the Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture training program to lead network of partners in creating six agri-business incubator sites in Chicago neighborhoods over next three years
– First app in country that brings a botanic garden’s plant collections database to life
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 2, 2013) –The Chicago Botanic Garden announces a new smartphone app called “GardenGuide,” which is the first of its kind to be developed in the United States with the ability to tap in to a botanic garden’s plant collections database. The GardenGuide app shares the Garden’s vast plant-collections database, containing records of the nearly 2.6 million plants in the living collection. The app is free to users.
More Than 600 Guests Enjoy Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening
Raising $250,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE, Ill. (Jan.7, 2013) – The Chicagoland Grows® plant introduction program will introduce three new plants at the Mid-America Horticultural Show (Mid-Am), from January 16 to 18: Forever Pink Phlox (Phlox ‘Forever Pink’); Beijing Gold® Peking tree lilac (Syringa pekinensis ‘Zhang Zhiming’) and Crescendo™ sugar maple (Acer saccharum ‘Morton’) sugar maple.
GLENCOE, IL (December 18, 2012) – After an international search, the Chicago Botanic Garden has selected landscape architects Peter Wirtz/Wirtz International and Mikyoung Kim/Mikyoung Kim Design to design two new display gardens at the 385-acre Glencoe campus. Wirtz will design the garden associated with the Greenhouse and Nursery Campus and Kim has been selected to design the Learning Campus garden. This is the first public botanic garden commission for both and is the first United States non-residential assignment for Belgium-based Wirtz.
Glencoe, Ill. – The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of the Chicago Botanic Garden as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and creating jobs.
GLENCOE, Ill. (September 5, 2012) - This has been a landmark year for the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is celebrating 40 years of educating visitors about plants and the natural world. Over the past four decades, the Garden has grown from a simple idea to a living museum with more than 2.4 million plants and featuring numerous classes, youth programs, art exhibitions and more.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Aug. 27, 2012) - The Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program have completed a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore 1.25 miles of shoreline at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lake.
GLENCOE, Ill. (August 30, 2012) – On September 4, 2012, the Chicago Botanic Garden will open the Kleinman Family Cove, an aquatic classroom that will serve as an ideal location for children and adults to study the aquatic plants and animals that inhabit our wetland ecosystems and to learn about conserving freshwater systems, which are critical to our lives. Located on the Garden’s North Lake, the Cove is the third project of the Learning Campus development plan.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 18, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture program has partnered with Levy Restaurants and Midwest Foods to provide fresh produce and tilapia for the Levy Restaurant’s Stadium Club at U.S. Cellular Field.
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 7, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden has done groundbreaking work as a result of a two-year grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant reaches both casual passersby and committed gardeners with ideas for how to integrate sustainable agriculture techniques into their own backyards.
GLENCOE, Ill. (March 13,2012) — To honor the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the United States, the Japanese government is gifting trees to public and private organizations throughout the United States. The Chicago Botanic Garden will receive 20 trees.
Chicago's Consul General of Japan, Mr. Yoshifumi Okamura and Sophia Siskel, president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden, will plant the first cherry tree on Sunday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. The tree planting will be a highlight of the Garden's annual Japanese Garden Spring Weekend event.
GLENCOE, IL (February 6, 2012) – Gardeners in the Upper Midwest looking for colorful perennial plants that offer multiseasonal interest with minimal maintenance should check out the latest introductions from Chicagoland Grows™. Burgundy Fireworks Coneflower – A Meadowbrite™ Introduction (Echinacea 'Burgundy Fireworks' PPAF) is a unique selection that produces vivid beet-red ray flowers and has deep burgundy stems and dark green, glossy leaves.
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 26, 2012) — For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Botanic Garden set an all-time attendance record in 2011, generating 953,864 visits, representing a 5.4 percent increase or 49,000 more visitors than 2010. This number equates to a 29 percent increase since 2009. During 2011, the Garden experienced three record-setting months: August was the highest attendance month ever in the Garden's 40-year history with 134,049 visits; October had 97,289 visits, and December saw 70,509 visits.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Jan. 9, 2012) — The Chicago Botanic Garden will open the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden with a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Attendees will be encouraged to also attend World Environment Day at the Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dedication will include remarks followed by a ribbon cutting, tours of the garden and two activity stations for children. Staff will demonstrate how the garden will be used for a variety of programs that connect children with nature.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Nov. 22, 2011) – The Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program have begun a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore 6,400 feet of shoreline at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lake. The project area includes the entire perimeter of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, as well as areas along the North Lake’s western and northern shoreline.