Press Releases

Explore the Nature of Quilting, Weaving and Embroidery and Discover the Rich Rewards of the Fiber Arts

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Sunday, November 9, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (September 23, 2014)Have you loved an heirloom quilt to threads, and wish you could make a new one for future generations? Do you sit in awe of the people you see happily knitting on the train? Are your fingers itching to embroider flowers along the hem of an old pair of jeans? You may be channeling that age-old creative force that compels people to make things with their hands and express themselves through craftwork.

The Orchid Show Returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden February 14 to March 15, 2015

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Saturday, February 14, 2015 to Sunday, March 15, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (August 29, 2014) – Why settle for a dozen roses when you and your Valentine can enjoy more than 10,000 tropical blooms at the Orchid Show, opening February 14, 2015, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The show runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, March 15, returning for a second year after exceeding expectations for interest and attendance in 2014.

Three Family Favorites Return for the Halloween Season: Spooky Pooch Parade, HallowFest and Trains, Tricks & Treats

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 to Sunday, October 26, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (August 29, 2014)—Three family favorites—Spooky Pooch Parade, HallowFest, and Trains, Tricks & Treats—will bring mischief and magic back to the Chicago Botanic Garden this Halloween season.

Fall Adult Education Classes Include Stone-Carving Workshop, Autumn Lawn Care, Climate Change, Aging in Place and More

GLENCOE, IL (August 27, 2014) —Internationally renowned sculptor DJ Garrity comes to the Chicago Botanic Garden this fall to lead a garden sculpture workshop based on his book, The Rhythms of Stone—The Essential Guide to Carving the Face in Stone. Garrity developed the workshop while a sculptor-in-residence at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Participants will explore a range of techniques as they carve a face from a rough block of limestone, an experience Garrity describes as “meditative.”

North Branch Trail Addition Opens at the Chicago Botanic Garden September 13

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

GLENCOE, Ill. (August 22, 2014) – The Chicago Botanic Garden will open the North Branch Trail addition, a wonderful multiuse path connecting the North Branch Trail with the Green Bay Trail at the Braeside Metra Station in Highland Park, on September 13.

The opening celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. The official “ribbon cutting” will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the end point of the trail at the Chicago Botanic Garden, across from the entrance to McDonald Woods. The dedication event is generously supported by NorthShore University HealthSystems.

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program establishes four incubator farms in year two of three-year program

GLENCOE, Ill. (August 19, 2014) – The Chicago Botanic Garden received a $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2012 to begin a three-year project to support the expansion of urban agriculture activities in Chicago’s South Side and West Side food desert neighborhoods. In the second year of the grant, four incubator sites have been established.

Roadside Flower Sale Creates a Sense of Community and Unique Floral Arrangements

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Monday, September 8, 2014 to Sunday, September 14, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (August 15, 2014)The Roadside Flower Sale, a popular annual fund-raising tradition at the Chicago Botanic Garden, transforms dried flowers, sheaves of ornamental grasses, lotus pods, driftwood and other interesting plant materials into beautiful, long-lasting displays.

Explore the Fascinating World of Fungi at the Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (August 14, 2014)Mushrooms freshly foraged from area forests will be on display at the Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Small Treasures Tucked Inside Literary Works Speak Volumes About the World of Rare Books

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Friday, August 15, 2014 to Sunday, November 9, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (August 12, 2014) – Decorative illustrations on the inside front cover of books, known as bookplates, have been used around the world for centuries to declare ownership of book collections. A new rare book exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden explores these intricate works of art from personal and institutional libraries as well as from a private collection. The display, Ex Libris: Bookplates Through the Ages, runs from Friday, August 15, through Sunday, November 9, 2014, in the Lenhardt Library.

Wonderland Express: A Beloved Chicago Holiday Tradition Returns November 28, 2014, to January 4, 2015

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Friday, November 28, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (July 30, 2014)Wonderland Express brings its seasonal charm and holiday magic back to the Chicago Botanic Garden from November 28, 2014, through January 4, 2015. Sparkling outdoor lights, evergreens and blooms, an indoor model train exhibition and special events make Wonderland Express a beloved Chicago holiday tradition for visitors of all ages and interests.  

Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family at the Tenth Annual Kite Festival

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (July 21, 2014) – Colorful kites will decorate the sky at the tenth annual Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The popular summer event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, in the meadow west of Evening Island. Bring the family for a full day of outdoor fun and take advantage of the only opportunity to fly kites at the Garden.   

Fall Bulb Festival Offers More than 200 Types of Premium Bulbs, Seasonal Plants, Autumn Market, Straw Bale Maze and More

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Saturday, October 11, 2014 to Sunday, October 12, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (July 21, 2014)The Fall Bulb Festival provides seasonal family fun on the Esplanade and an extraordinary selection of more than 200 types of bulbs, ranging from the most popular daffodils to new and unusual varieties of hyacinth, tulips and more. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, through Sunday, October 12, 2014. The bulb sale begins on Friday with special preview shopping for Garden members only, and is open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday.

Hoffman Estates Resident Named Chicago Botanic Garden Volunteer of the Year

GLENCOE, IL (July 8, 2014) – Rodger McDowall, of Hoffman Estates, was named the 2013 Chicago Botanic Garden Volunteer of the Year at a recent awards reception acknowledging the ongoing dedication and support of more than 2,000 volunteers. The award, launched in 1984, recognizes the spirit of volunteering by focusing attention on the contributions given by all volunteers as well as honors one volunteer for his or her outstanding service.

Chicago Resident Recognized for her Volunteer Work at the Chicago Botanic Garden

GLENCOE, IL (July 8, 2014) – Rosemary Hart, of Chicago, received the Barbara Whitney Carr Excellence in Leadership Award at a recent reception acknowledging the ongoing dedication and support of more than 2,000 volunteers at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The award was launched in 2007 to pay tribute to the retiring CEO and highlights the innovation of one dedicated volunteer.

Two Highland Park Residents Receive Awards at Chicago Botanic Garden Volunteer Recognition Reception

GLENCOE, IL (July 8, 2014) –Rhoda Muchmore, of Highland Park, was awarded the Five Star Customer Service Award at a recent reception at the Chicago Botanic Garden acknowledging the ongoing dedication and support of more than 2,000 volunteers. Muchmore is known for consistently going above and beyond to provide spectacular customer service to Garden visitors.

Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden Hosts 16th Annual Harvest Ball

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (July 1, 2014) –The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden presents the 16th Annual Harvest Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, on the beautiful early fall grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Guests for the black-tie garden party will be greeted with Moët & Chandon champagne as they walk through the Heritage Garden to a cocktail reception and silent auction in McGinley Pavilion.

Spice up Your Summer with Herb Garden Weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (June 30, 2014) – Whether you’re an herb enthusiast or still learning the difference between a herb and a spice, you’ll likely discover something new at Herb Garden Weekend, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.

Citizen Scientists Save the Shadbush and Protect Hundreds of Other Rare Plants

GLENCOE, IL (June 26, 2014)Volunteers with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plants of Concern—a citizen-science corps in its 14th year of monitoring rare flora—recently prevented the shadbush from disappearing from a preserve in western Cook County. The shrub, native to woodland stream banks, is named for its pretty white flower, which blooms at the time the shad return to their spawning grounds. Habitat loss and degradation threaten the survival of shadbush in Illinois, and by 2011 the preserve’s population was reduced to a single plant.

Photography Exhibition Highlights Talent of Chicago Botanic Garden Students

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (June 24, 2014) —The Chicago Botanic Garden’s photography students will proudly display their captivating work from Saturday, August 23, to Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Joutras Gallery in the Regenstein Center. The juried show, titled Focusing on Nature: Fourth Annual Student Botanical Photography Exhibition, will feature photographs by current students as well as instructors of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. An opening reception will take place Friday, August 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. to kickoff the exhibition.

325 Guests Attend Summer Dinner Dance

GLENCOE, IL (June 23, 2014) – More than 325 guests recently celebrated the beginning of the summer party season at the Summer Dinner Dance at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The black-tie soiree began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the Esplanade, followed by an intimate dinner dance in an elegant pavilion. One of the most talked-about events on the North Shore and in the Chicago area, the 2014 Summer Dinner Dance raised $425,000 for the Garden’s science and education programs.  

Explore the Arts of Japan at the Mid-America Bonsai Show and Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival

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Friday, August 15, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (June 18, 2014)A celebration of Japanese gardening and cultural traditions will take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden during the third weekend in August. The Midwest Bonsai Society will present one of the nation’s largest bonsai exhibitions beginning Friday, August 15, and continuing through Sunday, August 17.  The exhibition overlaps with the popular Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival, a family-oriented event providing a range of cultural demonstrations and craft projects.

Summer Family Fun Pack Can Save You up to 40 Percent on Popular Seasonal Exhibits

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (June 18, 2014)The Summer Family Fun Pack offers savings of up to 40 percent on two popular seasonal attractions, Butterflies & Blooms and the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. The $50 package includes parking and is valid through September 1, 2014. The offer can be purchased online at chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies/staycation.

North Branch Trail Addition Provides Important Transportation Link, Improves Access to Chicago Botanic Garden

GLENCOE, IL (June 9, 2014)Pardon our appearance as we build a scenic and safe multiuse trail along Lake Cook Road to improve access for visitors who come to the Chicago Botanic Garden by train, bicycle, stroller, foot and wheelchair. The trail will link two popular north-south routes, the Green Bay and North Branch trails, and also provide a safe pathway for visitors arriving at the Braeside Metra station in Highland Park.

Show of Summer Interprets the Theme “Our Kind of Town”

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 to Sunday, June 22, 2014
Show of Summer

GLENCOE, IL (May 27, 2014)Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) present the competitive flower show, Show of Summer, with the theme "Our Kind of Town" on June 21 and 22 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors will enjoy plant and flower displays with the highest standards of artistic and horticultural excellence. One of the main purposes of the show is to educate visitors about horticulture, flower arranging and conservation.

Popular Garden Chef Series Returns on May 24, 2014

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 to Sunday, October 12, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014)The crowd-pleasing Garden Chef Series returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden on May 24 for another growing season full of cooking demonstrations by noted area chefs using the freshest fruits, herbs and vegetables. The free events take place at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through October 12 in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Amphitheater seating, surrounded by lush garden beds, affords a pleasant view of the open-air kitchen. Seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer Dinner Dance Celebrates Summer on the Esplanade

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Friday, June 13, 2014
Summer Dinner Dance

GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014) – The most beautiful summer party of the year, the Summer Dinner Dance celebrates the start of the summer season on Friday, June 13 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The black-tie soiree begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the Esplanade, followed by an intimate dinner dance in an elegant pavilion. One of the most talked-about events on the North Shore and in the Chicago area, the 2014 Summer Dinner Dance benefits the Garden and supports its wide-ranging, high-impact programs.

Butterflies & Blooms Opens May 24

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
Butterfly

GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014)Butterflies & Blooms returns for its third season on May 24. Visitors are immersed in a tropical habitat full of hundreds of colorful butterflies interacting with plant life. Butterflies & Blooms features butterflies from around the world, including South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Volunteers are also on hand to answer questions. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus.

Grapevines & Wines: 50 Wines in a Beautiful Setting

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Grapes

GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014)Sample wines from around the world while enjoying the idyllic backdrop of McGinley Pavilion at Grapevines & Wines on Thursday, May 22. Visitors can sample more than 50 different varieties and indulge their senses with a wide range of bouquets. Included among the wineries are new micro-wineries that haven’t launched yet. 

Newly Renovated Garden View Café Offers Best of Local, Fresh Seasonal Food Now Open at the Chicago Botanic Garden

GLENCOE, IL. (May 8, 2014) The newly renovated and named Garden View Café recently opened at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It offers an enhanced menu of the best of local, fresh seasonal foods, restaurant-style seating, a barista and pastry station and flatbreads cooked in a brick pizza oven.

Malott Japanese Garden Holds Special Sunday Events for Families

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Sunday, June 1, 2014 to Sunday, September 21, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (May 7, 2014)The Chicago Botanic Garden will offer seven special Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays during the summer to help visitors of all ages gain an understanding of Japanese gardens and culture. Fun, family-friendly activities, such as trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy, will engage visitors and encourage a hands-on exploration of unique aspects of life in Japan. Each Sunday will also feature a different take-home project, such as an origami cup and ball, samurai hat, paper fan or fish print.

The Summer Season Fills the Garden with Music

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Monday, June 9, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (May 6, 2014)The summer season brings a full schedule of free, live outdoor concerts for all tastes and ages to the Chicago Botanic Garden beginning June 9 and continuing through September 1. The Summer Evenings series offers visitors diverse types of music Monday through Thursday evenings, while our popular Tuesday morning music series moves outdoors to take advantage of the warm weather.

We Can Save the Monarch by Working Together

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Friday, June 6, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (April 30, 2014)—It’s not too late to restore the awe-inspiring migration of the monarch butterfly, which used to fly north by the hundreds of millions to spend summers throughout the Upper Midwest and Canada, say members of the Alliance for Milkweed and Butterfly Recovery.

Learn more about the coalition’s work—and steps you can take to support the iconic butterfly—at a special “Make Way for Monarchs” event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

World Environment Day 2014: Climate Change with Tom Skilling - Saving the Monarch Butterfly - the Power of Pollinators

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (April 29, 2014) – A panel of experts led by Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, will present the latest information on climate change and its implications for Chicago-area residents during a keynote presentation on World Environment Day, Saturday, June 7, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

New Rare Book Exhibition Presents Early Twentieth-Century Kimono Pattern Books

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Friday, May 16, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (April 24, 2014)The long, rectangular shape of the Japanese kimono serves as a canvas that has inspired artists and fashion designers for centuries. A new rare book exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden explores the history of kimono design through hand-printed books of kimono patterns. The display, Moku Hanga: the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing, runs from May 16 through August 10, 2014, in the Lenhardt Library.

Big is Beautiful: Two Noteworthy Artists Present the Wonders of Nature on a Bold Scale

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 to Sunday, June 15, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (April 23, 2014)Bold, beautiful images of blossoms and moths – the works of acclaimed artists Paul Lange and Joseph Scheer – are providing visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden rare insights into the wonders of nature. Lange’s “Big Blooms” series will be exhibited at the Krehbiel Gallery through Sunday, June 15, while Scheer’s innovative moth prints can be seen in the Joutras Gallery through Sunday, August 17.

Chicago Botanic Garden Launches Summer Reading and Nature Program

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014

GLENCOE, Ill. (April 18, 2014)The Chicago Botanic Garden is launching a summer reading and nature program to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency and help children of all ages maintain literacy and critical thinking skills over the long school break. Families can sign up for the Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program at the Lenhardt Library beginning Saturday, May 31. The program is free and continues through Sunday, August 17.

Make a Paper Samurai Helmet or Miniature Carp Kite at the Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 to Sunday, May 18, 2014

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.

American Flower Shows Feature on Favorite Flower Groups

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 to Sunday, October 19, 2014

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.

Farmers’ Market Opens on May 4 for the 2014 Season

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Friday, April 4, 2014 to Sunday, October 19, 2014

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.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America Opens May 10 for the 2014 Season

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Saturday, May 10, 2014 to Sunday, October 26, 2014

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Provides Ideal Setting, Unique Programming for Summer Day Camp

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Monday, June 16, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014

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.

Imagining Biodiversity: The Hidden Beauty of Moths Exhibition

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014
The Hidden Beauty of Moths

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.

Acclaimed Botanical Illustrator and Paper Engineeer to Lead Workshops at Chicago Botanic Garden

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.

Over 350 Guests “Escape to Paradise”

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.

Garden Members Receive Admission Discount to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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Saturday, March 15, 2014 to Sunday, March 23, 2014

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.

“Nature in View” Showcases Work of the Garden Photographic Society

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 to Sunday, April 6, 2014

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.

See Rare Illustrations from Victorian Orchid Craze at Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print

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Friday, February 14, 2014 to Sunday, May 11, 2014

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

Attendance Hits the One Million Mark

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Monday, December 30, 2013

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.

More than 300 Guests Attend All Aboard! Party

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Makes History By Hosting Virtual Field Trip on Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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?

Camp CBG Receives Accreditation from American Camp Association; 2014 Registration Opens on December 9

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Monday, June 16, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014

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.”

NSF Awards Chicago Botanic Garden Scientists a $1.54 Million Dimensions in Biodiversity Grant

Dr. Krissa Skogen in New Mexico

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.

Explore the Ethics Surrounding Species Extinction, and the Link between Biological and Cultural Recovery at Forum 2014

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Friday, May 2, 2014

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.

15th Annual Harvest Ball Raises $450,000 for New Educational Display Garden

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Harvest Ball 2013

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.

Antiques & Garden Fair Features Miles Redd and Danielle Rollins

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Friday, April 11, 2014 to Sunday, April 13, 2014
Antiques & Garden Fair

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Plants Largest Farm-to-Fork Rooftop Garden in Chicago and Midwest

McCormick Place rooftop garden produce

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.

Plants of Concern Program Receives Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant

Susanne Masi, co-founder of Plants of Concern

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.

Green Youth Farm Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

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.

“My Chicago Botanic Garden” Blog Tells Everyone’s Story

The Chicago Botanic Garden means many things to many people.

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Rates Best Asters for the Midwest

Raydon's Favorite

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 Awarded $750,000 from USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program

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

Garden Launches New “GardenGuide” Smartphone App

GardenGuide App

– 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.

Peter Wirtz and Mikyoung Kim to Design Display Gardens

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Named a Top 10 Great Public Space for 2012 by American Planning Association

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.

40th Anniversary Exhibition Celebrates Garden History

Event Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2012 to Sunday, February 10, 2013

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.

Kleinman Family Cove Opening

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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.

The Chicago Botanic Garden, Levy Restaurants and Midwest Foods Partner to Provide Fresh Produce for U.S. Cellular Field

Event Date: 
Friday, July 20, 2012 to Monday, August 20, 2012
Fresh produce

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Continues

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2012 to Sunday, October 21, 2012
Farmer's Market Demonstration

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Receives Sakura Cherry Tree From Japan

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 25, 2012

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 Shaw, 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.

Chicagoland Grows Introduces Three New Perennials

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Attendance Grows in 2011

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.

Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden Dedication

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 2, 2012

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. 

Chicago Botanic Garden and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Partner To Restore 1.25 Miles of Lake Shoreline

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. 

Diverse Varieties of Joe-Pye Weed Can Enhance Gardens Both Large and Small

GLENCOE, IL (May 8, 2014)The robust and showy native perennial Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium spp.) is often relegated to larger more naturalized landscapes, but certain species can make a fantastic addition to smaller or more formal garden spaces, says Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Hawke speaks with authority. He’s recently completed an evaluation of 26 varieties of Eutrochium and relatives of the Joe-Pye Weed over a 12-year span.