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Orchid Show

 

There’s always something going on at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and winter is no exception. Take part in events going on in early 2017, from education programs and family classes to the ever-popular Orchid Show. Visit chicagobotanic.org for more information.

ONGOING

Story Time in the Lenhardt Library – Mondays, January 9 to May 22 (10 to 11 a.m.)

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns to light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden

For four nights in October, the Chicago Botanic Garden will be open late to allow visitors to take a nighttime stroll on paths lined with scores of carved, lit pumpkins and usher in Halloween.

A new event, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns brings pumpkins, large and small, to the Garden from Thursday, October 20, to Sunday, October 23. There will be 1,000 small pumpkins and 100 larger, 150-pound pumpkins artfully arranged to line the walkways. The event runs each evening 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Eighteenth Annual Harvest Ball Raises $335,000 for Chicago Botanic Garden

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The 18th annual Harvest Ball was held recently on the beautiful early fall grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden, raising $335,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden. With 385 acres of public gardens, 27 distinct gardens, four natural areas, and 80 acres of lakes, the Garden offers a unique location for an evening of dinner and dancing.

Volunteers Celebrated at Annual Reception

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Volunteer Awards Reception

The thousands of volunteers who work year-round at the Chicago Botanic Garden were celebrated at the Volunteer Awards Reception for 2015 Service on Tuesday, June 21, at McGinley Pavilion, which was overflowing with Garden volunteers and staff, as well as elected officials, family, and friends.

Cook County Forest Preserves General Superintendent Arnold Randall attended and applauded the strong relationship between the Forest Preserves and the Garden. He said this great example of a partnership between a public and a private institution is made possible by volunteers.

Summer Dinner Dance raises more than $350,000

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Summer Dinner Dance 2016

GLENCOE, IL  — More than 300 guests celebrated the start of the summer season at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Summer Dinner Dance. The event raised more than $350,000 for the Garden and its many initiatives and programs, from sustaining horticultural excellence to ensuring access to fresh produce in Chicago neighborhoods to protecting the nation’s biodiversity.

Bring the Kids: Family-focused events at the Chicago Botanic Garden all summer

Kite Festival

Family-focused events and exhibitions are going on all summer long at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Every week brings a new and fun event to experience. Boogie all night at Dancin’ Sprouts, featuring a different children’s performer every week. Watch high-flying kites during the Kite Festival or see boats race during Model Sailboat Sunday. Or stop in to the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms, two seasonal favorites that are open now.

Highlights include:

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Open through Sunday, October 30

Grow and Eat: Food-related events all summer long at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Garden Chef Series

Two great ways to take in the warm, sunny weather ushering in summer are tending to your garden and enjoying meals outdoors. Whether growing or eating, there are many ways to celebrate food at the Garden this summer. Food-related evets are held in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, unless noted otherwise.

Summer food at the Garden highlights include the following:

Garden Chef Series (1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 to October 9)

Concerts fill the Chicago Botanic Garden with music all summer long

Hot Summer Nights

The sounds of summer fill the Chicago Botanic Garden again this year, with concerts running all season and covering different genres. From sing-a-long concerts for kids to concerts with dance lessons, there are many opportunities to enjoy music while surrounded by the beauty of the Garden all summer long.

Summer music at the Garden highlights include the following: 

Live from the Garden: Indie Concert Series

Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates conservation on World Environment Day

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
World Environment Day

Conservation is a big term that covers a lot of ground. That's why the Chicago Botanic Garden sets aside a full day for children and adults to explore conservation and sustainability on World Environment Day. Learn about topics large and small—from the global reach of our plant conservation scientists to sustainable gardening at home.

Enjoy an intimate concert, dinner and drinks this spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Come hear indie music in a setting that inspires all your senses. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Live from the Garden: Indie Concert Series continues this month with an event featuring Brendan James, an upcoming piano-based singer-songwriter who captivates listeners with his soulful ballads and engaging lyrics.

Calendar for May-September 2016

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016
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Summer at the Chicago Botanic Garden features the Model Railroad Garden, Butterflies & Blooms, concerts, family activities, Garden Chefs, plus 385 acres of beauty.

 

ONGOING

Exhibition: Hidden Art of Trees – Through Sunday, August 21

This free exhibition of furniture and functional art in the Joutras Gallery is focused around artists using urban forest wood.

Exhibition: Laurie Tennent – Botanicals: Intimate Portraits – Through Sunday, September 25

Comparative Study of Lady Ferns

Silver falls

GLENCOE, IL (Feb. 11, 2016) — Twenty-one taxa of lady ferns and Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium spp.) have received the highest marks for suitability in the Upper Midwest garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s recently released Plant Evaluation Notes, Issue 39, 2015.

 “Athyrium are among the most elegant, yet utilitarian plants for the shade garden,” said Richard G. Hawke, the Garden’s plant evaluation manager. “Their feathery fronds provide texture in a variety of colors to contrast and complement other perennials.”

Chicago Botanic Garden hosts Seed Swap

Event Date: 
Sunday, February 28, 2016

GLENCOE, IL. (Feb. 5, 2016) - The Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting its fifth annual Seed Swap on Sunday, February 28. The popular program teaches gardeners the best ways to collect and save seeds, and offers an opportunity to swap seeds with all attendees. The event takes place in the Regenstein Center at the Glencoe campus.

2016 Orchid Show Enchants Midwinter Garden Visitors

Event Date: 
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.

All Aboard! Party Raises $270,000 For Chicago Botanic Garden

All Aboard! 2015 Party Scotland

GLENCOE, IL (Dec. 9, 2015) – The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society raised $270,000 at its tenth annual All Aboard! celebration on Friday, December 4, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 350 guests enjoyed the event, benefiting the Garden’s Regenstein Learning Campus, which provides educational programs such as Science First for Chicago Public Schools students.

Learn More About New Nature Preschool at Open House, January 14 and April 7, 2016

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 14, 2016

GLENCOE, IL (Dec. 8, 2015) — Early childhood staff at the Chicago Botanic Garden will host two open houses introducing the Nature Preschool, a nature- and play-based, developmentally appropriate preschool on the new Regenstein Learning Campus. Open houses will be held on January 14 and April 7, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in theLakeside Room of the Visitor Center.

New Adult Classes Build Skills Indoor and Out This Winter

GLENCOE, IL (Dec. 8, 2015) – Students can indulge their interests and build new skills this winter with classes that will take them from snowy sunrises to science laboratories to a green roof and beyond. They can grow their gardening skills and knowledge of natural systems, learn about traditional foods, try yoga both indoors and out, hear from a renowned author, or tap into another field. A new list of offerings by the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden is now available for registration.

November-December 2015 Calendar

Event Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016


This November and December, the Chicago Botanic Garden presents an array of actitivities, including the area's premier fiber art show, photo walks, and the not-to-be-missed holiday exhibition Wonderland Express, for visitors of all ages and interests. 

Wonderland Express: Beloved Chicago Holiday Tradition Returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden on November 27

Event Date: 
Friday, November 27, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016

GLENCOE, IL (Oct. 8, 2015) — Wonderland Express brings seasonal charm and sparkle to the Chicago Botanic Garden from Friday, November 27, 2015, through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Twinkling outdoor lights, evergreens and blooms, an indoor model train exhibition, shopping and special events make Wonderland Express a not-to-be-missed holiday tradition for visitors of all ages and interests. One of this year’s highlights is a new miniature replica of the Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon as part of the Millennium Park display in the Joutras Gallery.

Celebrate Halloween with Your Favorite Canine(s) at the Spooky Pooch Parade

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (Oct. 8, 2015) — Cleverly costumed canines and their owners, led by Cruella de Vil and her Dalmatian, will strut their stuff in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual Spooky Pooch Parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Halloween, Saturday, October 31—the only day of the year dogs are allowed at the Garden.

Chicago Area Citizen Scientists Monitor and Protect Rare, Local Plants

Plants of Concern photo

 

GLENCOE, IL (Sept. 30, 2015) – A focused group of citizen scientists with the 15-year-old Plants of Concern program are on a mission this fall to protect local plant species that grow only in northern Illinois. Through a series of programs including a monitoring foray and workday, these volunteers are learning new technologies, collecting vital data about existing plants and preparing habitat for the return of missing species. 

Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society Hosts 10th Annual All Aboard! Party

Event Date: 
Friday, December 4, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (Sept. 29, 2015)— The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society presents its 10th annual All Aboard! celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This year’s theme is “A Holiday Journey to the World’s Ancient Trees.”

Co-chaired by Celine Lillie of Wheaton and Michelle McCarthy of Chicago, the event benefits the Garden’s Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus, which provides educational programs such as Science First for Chicago Public Schools students.

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

Event Date: 
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”

Event Date: 
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.

Presenting the Fall Bulb Festival

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Saturday, October 3, 2015 to Sunday, October 4, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (Aug. 27, 2015) - The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fall Bulb Festival provides seasonal family fun on the Esplanade and a sale featuring more than 250 varieties of spring-flowering bulbs for everyone from the novice to expert gardener. The bulbs are shipped directly from Holland just in time for fall planting.

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

Event Date: 
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.

One-of-a-Kind Natural Plant and Dried Flower Arrangements Available at Roadside Flower Sale

Event Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2015 to Sunday, October 25, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (Aug. 27, 2015) - Shop for unique, long-lasting arrangements and gift items created from natural plant materials and dried flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 35th annual Roadside Flower Sale. The sale runs from Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Regenstein Center.

Chicago Botanic Garden Opens New Nursery on Kris Jarantoski Campus

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
new greenhouses

GLENCOE, IL (Aug. 26, 2015) - The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a 151,825-square-foot nursery today, adding more than 38,000 square feet of nursery space. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s horticulture staff grows 250,000 plants annually for indoor and outdoor floriculture and seasonal displays that are featured in the Garden’s 26 distinct gardens and permanent collections.

Introducing Change of Saisons

GLENCOE, IL (July 31, 2015)Amid the thriving craft brew scene in Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chef Cleetus Friedman and Begyle Brewing have teamed up to create a series of unique seasonal ales that capture the change of seasons at the 385-acre garden. Friedman, executive chef of Fountainhead, the Bar on Buena, and soon-to-open the Northman in Chicago, is a leader in local, seasonal food and drink and has created signature beers for other Chicago cultural institutions.

425 Guests Attend Summer Dinner Dance

GLENCOE, IL (July 1, 2015)—More than 425 guests recently celebrated the beginning of the summer party season at the Summer Dinner Dance at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The black-tie soiree commemorated the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Horticultural Society, which operates the Chicago Botanic Garden together with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the Rose Garden Terrace, followed by an intimate dinner dance in an elegant pavilion on the Esplanade.

Celebrating Locally Grown Food

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 to Sunday, October 18, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (June 30, 2015) — The Chicago Botanic Garden offers a menu of summer activities designed to whet the appetite for growing and eating healthy, fresh foods. Weekend festivals and events highlight cooking techniques, herbs, heirloom tomatoes and other seasonal produce, while providing a wealth of information on practical, sustainable ways to grow fruits and vegetables in the home garden.

Conservation and Land Management Interns Embark on Research in Protected Federal Lands

Event Date: 
Monday, June 8, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (June 30, 2015) - Protected federal lands across the United States welcome Chicago Botanic Garden Conservation and Land Management (CLM) interns this summer for intensive fieldwork. The interns, all college graduates with degrees in science fields and some with advanced degrees, bring a unique suite of skills and enthusiasm to the rapidly growing fields of restoration, conservation and land management.

Rick Bayless Garden and Bill Kurtis Estate Provide Beautiful Settings for Summer Adult Education Classes

GLENCOE, IL (May 20, 2015)The private garden of celebrity chef Rick Bayless and the part-time residence of television journalist Bill Kurtis will provide special settings for classes offered this summer through of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The school encourages lifelong learning in a range of garden-inspired topics, including botanical illustration, yoga, photography, wellness, birding, horticulture, and garden design.

A Rare Affair, an Auction of Exceptional Offerings

Event Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (May 19, 2015) — Plant aficionados from across the region won’t want to miss the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society’s A Rare Affair: An Auction of Exceptional Offerings. Co-chairs Sue Cozzens and Geraldine “Bean” Carroll along with plant experts and members of the plant selection committee spent two years searching for and finding the best and most desirable plants and related items to auction off to attendees.

Learn to Grow and Use a Variety of Kitchen Herbs at Herb Garden Weekend

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 to Sunday, July 26, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (May 19, 2015)Herb Garden Weekend presents ways to grow and use a variety of fragrant, flavorful and nutritious herbs through a series of displays, demonstrations, tours and family-friendly activities taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, 2015, at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.

Summer Dinner Dance Celebrates 125th Anniversary of the Chicago Horticultural Society

Event Date: 
Friday, June 19, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (May 19, 2015) —This year’s Summer Dinner Dance, the most beautiful summer party of the year, commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Chicago Horticultural Society, which operates the Chicago Botanic Garden together with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

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.

Garden Chef Series Returns for the 2015 Season

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 to Sunday, October 4, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (May 5, 2014)—The extremely popular Garden Chef Series returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, May 23, 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 4 in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Amphitheater seating, surrounded by lush garden beds, affords a pleasant view of the open-air kitchen.

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.

Orchid Show Preview Evening Raises $35,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden

 

GLENCOE, IL (February 18, 2015) –  ˆ More than 285 guests came in from the cold to celebrate the opening of the Orchid Show on February 13. The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society presented the preview evening, which was chaired by Louellen Murray of Lake Forest and Kim Visokey of Winnetka. More than $35,000 was raised toward “Growing the Future,” the Woman’s Board's $1 million pledge to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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

Event Date: 
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.

Rare Book Exhibition Chronicles the Victorian Orchid Craze, or “Orchidelirium”

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Saturday, February 14, 2015 to Sunday, April 19, 2015

GLENCOE, IL (February 4, 2015)—The intense beauty and exotic shapes of orchids fascinated Victorian explorers and inspired botanical illustrations of great artistry. Some of the finest examples will be on display during Orchidelirium: Illustrated Orchidaceae, a special rare book exhibition at the Lenhardt Library from Saturday, February 14, through Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Lenhardt Library Receives Illinois State Library Grant to Provide Web Access for Historical Documents

GLENCOE, IL (January 23, 2015) – A $67,000 digital imaging grant from the Illinois State Library will enable the Lenhardt Library to share historically significant documents with a wider number of scholars, gardening enthusiasts and members of the general public. The Chicago Botanic Garden library is one of 13 statewide to receive a total of $485,779 in grants for preserving and providing web access to historical collections.

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

Event Date: 
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

Event Date: 
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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Sets New Attendance Record in 2014— Topping One Million Visitors for Second Consecutive Year

GLENCOE, IL (January 5, 2015) – Expanded programs and amenities, and people’s growing need to engage with nature, attracted a record number of visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2014. Attendance reached 1,058,000, an increase of 6 percent over 2013, the first year the Garden surpassed the one-million-visit benchmark. Attendance has increased by 52 percent since 2005, when the Garden closed the year at 697,000 visits, with steady gains since 2008.

Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society Raises $250,000 at its Annual All Aboard! Party

All Aboard!

GLENCOE, IL (December 9, 2014) – The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society raised $250,000 at its ninth annual All Aboard! celebration on December 4, 2014. Proceeds will support fellowships for the plant biology and conservation graduate program, a collaboration between the Garden and Northwestern University.

Media Alert - Chicago Botanic Garden Joins #GivingTuesday

  •  “The Chicago Botanic Garden is joining #GivingTuesday to strengthen the culture of giving during the busy holiday season,” said Anne Boynton, director of membership and annual giving. “The social media initiative helps us focus on community, and incorporate kindness and compassion into our seasonal celebrations.”
  •  #GivingTuesday is a global social media movement that celebrates generosity and designates a day to give during the busy holiday shopping season. The third annual #GivingTuesday culminates on Tuesday, Dec.

Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society Evokes the Magic of the Northern Lights at its Annual All Aboard! Party

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 4, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (October 30, 2014) – The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society presents its ninth annual All Aboard! celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014. This year’s theme “Aurora Borealis” conjures the excitement of a cold, clear night ablaze with swirling colors of gold, violet, rose, purple and green. Co-chaired by Ann Balusek and Glo Rolighed, both of Winnetka, the event begins with cocktails served amid Wonderland Express.

How Did Plants Move to Land? Chicago Botanic Garden Scientist Helps Lead Global Effort to Trace Pivotal Events in Evolution

GLENCOE, IL (October 28, 2014)– Norman Wickett, Ph.D., a conservation scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, is co-leading an international team of researchers in an unprecedented effort to reveal details about the origin and evolution of land plants. The team’s findings are scheduled for publication this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More than 40 researchers on four continents are collaborating on the analysis, the largest applied to this problem to date.

Antiques, Garden & Design Show Celebrates Spring

Event Date: 
Friday, April 17, 2015 to Sunday, April 19, 2015
Antiques, Garden & Design Show

GLENCOE, IL (Oct. 9, 2014) – 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.

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

Event Date: 
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

Event Date: 
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

Event Date: 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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”

Event Date: 
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.

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.

We Can Save the Monarch by Working Together

Event Date: 
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.

Attendance Hits the One Million Mark

Event Date: 
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.

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

Event Date: 
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?

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.

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.

Wonderland Express rolls back into the Chicago Botanic Garden

Event Date: 
Friday, November 25, 2016 to Monday, January 2, 2017
Wonderland Express

Wonderland Express, Chicago’s favorite seasonal event, arrives again at the Chicago Botanic Garden for the holidays. Now in its 11th year of delighting Garden visitors, the exhibition transforms the Garden’s Regenstein Center into a magical holiday haven, full of trains, lights and botanical decorations.