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2016 Orchid Show Enchants Midwinter Garden Visitors

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Saturday, February 13, 2016 to Sunday, March 13, 2016

GLENCOE, IL (Feb. 2, 2016) – Stunning displays of up to 10,000 blooming orchids in more varieties than ever before fill the Chicago Botanic Garden Greenhouses and Galleries with exotic fragrance and color during its third annual Orchid Show, opening Saturday, February 13, and continuing through Sunday, March 13.

Explore the World of Orchids at the Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale

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Saturday, March 12, 2016 to Sunday, March 13, 2016

GLENCOE, IL (Sept. 22, 2015) Visitors to the Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, will have the opportunity to purchase many orchid varieties and to learn everything they need to know about growing orchids at home.

The Chicago Botanic Garden Presents “Ampelography: I Heard It Through the Grapevine”

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 to Sunday, November 8, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (Sept. 17, 2015) — An exhibition of rare books about growing grapes and making wine, primarily in nineteenth-century America and Europe, is on view through November 8, 2015 in the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Explore the World of Quilting, Weaving and Embroidery at the Chicago Area’s Premier Fiber Art Event

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 to Sunday, November 8, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (Aug. 27, 2015) - Stunning quilts, lovely knitted artwear, woven wonders, and breathtaking beadwork are among the abundant handcrafted items on view and for sale at the 2015 Fine Art of Fiber exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The area’s oldest, largest and most unique fiber art event takes place Friday, November 6, through Sunday, November 8, from 10 a.m.

Chicago Botanic Garden Celebrates its 125-Year-Old Roots with a Commemorative Book, Exhibition, Heirloom Gardens, Model Steam Engines and More

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (May 7, 2015) —The origins of the Chicago Botanic Garden date to 1890 and the founding of the Chicago Horticultural Society. The dedicated group of Chicago civic leaders formed around the ideal expressed in the city’s motto, “urbs in horto,” or city in a garden. In the next 125 years, the Society would promote horticulture in all its forms and foster a love of gardening among the region’s residents.

Butterflies & Blooms Inspires Pollinator-Friendly Gardens

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (April 3, 2015) –  Butterflies & Blooms, an immersive outdoor exhibition, will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting, from May 23 to September 7, 2015, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition is housed in a 2,800-square-foot mesh enclosure located on the Annex Road, as you head from the Visitor Center to the McDonald Woods. Tickets are $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger are free. Members get $1 off each ticket.

Spring American Flower Show Series Features Orchids, Daffodils, Dahlias, Hosta and More

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 to Sunday, May 31, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (February 10, 2015) – This spring the American Flower Show Series at the Chicago Botanic Garden will feature orchids, gesneriads, grafting fruit trees, daffodils, dahlias, African violets, rhododendron, bonsai, iris, and hostas. The series, a growing national horticultural program, presents exhibits and programs on the nation’s favorite flower groups.

Mario Buatta and Mac Griswold Headline at Antiques, Garden & Design Show

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Friday, April 17, 2015 to Sunday, April 19, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (Jan. 21, 2015)Proving that good design transforms any space, the Chicago Botanic Garden has rejuvenated the previous Antiques & Garden Fair into the Antiques, Garden & Design Show for spring 2015. Celebrating its 15th year, the Show inspires stylish living and presents beautiful gardens and objects in a way that transcends the ordinary.

2015 Orchid Show Tells the Story of Vanilla – the Orchid in Everyone’s Kitchen

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

GLENCOE, IL (January 13, 2015) – Visitors to the 2015 Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden will encounter an exotic bloom that has a place in most kitchens. Vanilla, the world’s most popular flavoring, comes from Vanilla planifolia, the only orchid of roughly 30,000 known species to have agricultural value. The show will trace the history of vanilla from its origins with the Totonaco people of Mexico, and depict the vanilla-making process from blossom to bottle.

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.

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.

40th Anniversary Exhibition Celebrates Garden History

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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.