GLENCOE, IL (Jan. 26, 2017) - The Board of Directors of the Chicago Botanic Garden has named Fred Spicer its next executive vice president and director of the Garden. He replaces Kris Jarantoski, who retires after 40 years. Spicer most recently served 15 years as the director and then CEO of the Birmingham (AL) Botanical Gardens.
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GLENCOE, IL (January 6, 2017) – The opening of the Regenstein Learning Campus in September, the premiere of Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns in October and the growing need for people to engage with nature brought more visitors than ever to the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2016. Attendance reached 1,074,000, the highest in the Garden’s 44-year history and an increase of 2.5 percent over 2015. Attendance has increased by 41 percent since 2006, when the Garden closed the year at 760,000 visits.
Every winter, home gardeners congregate at the Chicago Botanic Garden to plan their spring planting and share seeds at the Seed Swap. The annual Swap has become so popular that it has been expanded to a full weekend of events, Super Seed Weekend, including a featured speaker, gardening classes and, of course, the big swap. Events will be held on Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22.
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.
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Open through Sunday, October 30
Take dad outside for Father’s Day and enjoy a day of adventure, food and fun. The whole weekend is full of different activities for different kinds of dads, from the father who likes to explore to the dad who loves to create interesting meals.
Highlights of Father’s Day weekend include the following:
April showers have led to May flowers. Hitting the full swing of spring means there are many reasons to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden right now. Highlights include the following:
GLENCOE, IL (April 20, 2016) – The Chicago Botanic Garden is on titan watch with another corpse flower well into its bloom cycle and on display in the Semitropical Greenhouse. Sprout’s bloom cycle began just seven months after another corpse flower in the Garden’s collection opened.
GLENCOE, IL (Dec. 11, 2015) - The Board of Directors of the Chicago Botanic Garden has named Jean M. Franczyk as its next president and CEO, effective April 1, 2016. Franczyk has been in leadership roles with the Science Museum Group in the United Kingdom since 2006 and has been deputy director of the Science Museum in London since 2014.
GLENCOE, IL (Nov. 19, 2015) — On #GivingTuesday, December 1, the Chicago Botanic Garden joins the global movement to have philanthropic dollars make a difference. The Garden’s goal is 200 gifts by 11:59 p.m. that day to secure a challenge gift of $25,000, with funds used to cultivate, restore and conserve the plants that inspire.
GLENCOE, IL (Oct. 1, 2015) – The Board of Directors of the Chicago Horticultural Society has elected four new members.
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.
GLENCOE, IL (Sept. 1, 2015) - Welcome the fall season with a cold glass of beer! Oktoberfest celebrations occur throughout Europe; the Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate locally on Thursday, October 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
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.
GLENCOE, IL (Aug. 6, 2015) - – For the first time in the Chicago area, the largest and smelliest flowering plant in the world will be on public display at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (June 24, 2015) – The Chicago Botanic Garden recently celebrated the dedication of its team of more than 2,000 volunteers in 2014. One new and several annual awards were presented for individual achievement. The Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception was held under the canopy of the lakeside McGinley Pavilion.
GLENCOE, IL (June 16, 2015) – The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Board of Directors today announced that Sophia Shaw has indicated her intention to retire as president and CEO effective in 2016, her tenth anniversary of service to the Garden.
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.
GLENCOE, IL (March 31, 2015) – Kris Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, was recently given the 2015 Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award, conferred by Swarthmore College. The award recognizes outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening.
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.
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.
GLENCOE, IL (Oct. 24, 2014) - The USDA has confirmed that Emerald Ash Borer larvae have been found on white fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus) in Ohio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GLENCOE, IL (December 30, 2013) – For the first time in its 41-year history, the Chicago Botanic Garden has attracted more than one million visitors in a calendar year. Today’s milestone represents a five percent increase over 2012, the second highest attendance year on record, and is the fourth annual attendance record in the past five years.
GLENCOE, IL (December 13, 2013) – The Chicago Botanic Garden today awarded the Forest Preserves of Cook County the 2013 Hutchinson Medal to recognize leadership in ecological restoration and education.
20,000 Square Feet at McCormick Place West Provides SAVOR Foodservice with Produce
GLENCOE, Ill. (Aug. 6, 2013) The Chicago Botanic Garden has planted the largest farm-to-fork rooftop garden in Chicago and the Midwest as part of its ongoing mission to promote local sustainable agriculture and train city residents for careers in urban agriculture. The site’s soil-based garden is located at McCormick Place West, part of the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America.
GLENCOE, IL (July 15, 2013) - The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm (GYF) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The program began in 2003 on a one-acre plot in the Lake County Greenbelt Forest Preserve and has added five sites. Two are in Chicago food desert communities: in Lawndale on the west side and in Washington Park on the south side, which is also home to a junior Green Youth Farm operating out of the Washington Park Field House. Another group of Green Youth Farm teens maintains the Thompson Center planters on Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 3, 2013) – Regular visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden call it their home away from home, one that makes a beautiful setting for a daily walk. Scientists, graduate students and interns see the Garden as a living laboratory for vital conservation efforts. The Garden serves as a place of lifelong learning for the thousands of students attending field trips, adults enrolling in an array of continuing education classes and visitors participating in a wide range of events.
GLENCOE, Ill. (June 24, 2013) – Janice Becker of Deerfield was named the 2012 Chicago Botanic Garden Volunteer of the Year at a recent awards reception. The Garden initiated the award in 1984 to focus attention on the outstanding support given to the Garden each year by all volunteers and to recognize one volunteer who exemplifies extraordinary service.
– 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.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Jan.7, 2013) – The Chicagoland Grows® plant introduction program will introduce three new plants at the Mid-America Horticultural Show (Mid-Am), from January 16 to 18: Forever Pink Phlox (Phlox ‘Forever Pink’); Beijing Gold® Peking tree lilac (Syringa pekinensis ‘Zhang Zhiming’) and Crescendo™ sugar maple (Acer saccharum ‘Morton’) sugar maple.
GLENCOE, IL (December 18, 2012) – After an international search, the Chicago Botanic Garden has selected landscape architects Peter Wirtz/Wirtz International and Mikyoung Kim/Mikyoung Kim Design to design two new display gardens at the 385-acre Glencoe campus. Wirtz will design the garden associated with the Greenhouse and Nursery Campus and Kim has been selected to design the Learning Campus garden. This is the first public botanic garden commission for both and is the first United States non-residential assignment for Belgium-based Wirtz.
Glencoe, Ill. – The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of the Chicago Botanic Garden as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and creating jobs.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Aug. 27, 2012) - The Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program have completed a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore 1.25 miles of shoreline at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lake.
GLENCOE, Ill. (August 30, 2012) – On September 4, 2012, the Chicago Botanic Garden will open the Kleinman Family Cove, an aquatic classroom that will serve as an ideal location for children and adults to study the aquatic plants and animals that inhabit our wetland ecosystems and to learn about conserving freshwater systems, which are critical to our lives. Located on the Garden’s North Lake, the Cove is the third project of the Learning Campus development plan.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 18, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture program has partnered with Levy Restaurants and Midwest Foods to provide fresh produce and tilapia for the Levy Restaurant’s Stadium Club at U.S. Cellular Field.
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 7, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden has done groundbreaking work as a result of a two-year grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant reaches both casual passersby and committed gardeners with ideas for how to integrate sustainable agriculture techniques into their own backyards.
GLENCOE, Ill. (March 13,2012) — To honor the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the United States, the Japanese government is gifting trees to public and private organizations throughout the United States. The Chicago Botanic Garden will receive 20 trees.
Chicago's Consul General of Japan, Mr. Yoshifumi Okamura and Sophia 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.
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 26, 2012) — For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Botanic Garden set an all-time attendance record in 2011, generating 953,864 visits, representing a 5.4 percent increase or 49,000 more visitors than 2010. This number equates to a 29 percent increase since 2009. During 2011, the Garden experienced three record-setting months: August was the highest attendance month ever in the Garden's 40-year history with 134,049 visits; October had 97,289 visits, and December saw 70,509 visits.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Jan. 9, 2012) — The Chicago Botanic Garden will open the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden with a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Attendees will be encouraged to also attend World Environment Day at the Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dedication will include remarks followed by a ribbon cutting, tours of the garden and two activity stations for children. Staff will demonstrate how the garden will be used for a variety of programs that connect children with nature.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Nov. 22, 2011) – The Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program have begun a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore 6,400 feet of shoreline at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lake. The project area includes the entire perimeter of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, as well as areas along the North Lake’s western and northern shoreline.
(October 19, 2015 – Washington, DC) Building on more than a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, the STEM Funders Network and 350 committed local funders and organizations are announcing a five-year effort to create 100 tight-knit local STEM networks—STEM ecosystems—that bring together broad-scale, cross-sector collaborations to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people, especially girls and underserved populations.