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Online Bulb Sale

Now through September 30, 2022
Fresher and larger, these competitively priced bulbs produce more stems and flowers for your spring garden. 


November 11, 2022 - January 8, 2023
Our acclaimed holiday event returns, with a new path and new light-filled installations.

Cooking Classes

Adult Education

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What's Blooming?

Find out what's blooming and where to find your favorite plants.
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oak regeneration

Negaunee Institute for Plant Conservation Science and Action

The Negaunee Institute’s science program focuses on five core areas aimed at understanding the diversity of plants and fungi; mitigating diversity loss; laying the foundation for healthy ecosystems; studying interactions between plants, fungi, and animals; and investigating connections between people and plants. Our science program is fostering an improved relationship between humans and nature.

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Windy City Harvest

Invites you to visit local markets & farms

Stop by and see our farms and markets at a variety of locations in the Chicago area.

Tour our state-of-the-art facilities at the Farm on Ogden, organize a field trip to a farm site, or shop for fresh, locally grown produce at one of our market stands.

The Chicago Botanic Garden's education and jobs-training program helps to bring food, health, and jobs to the community. Since 2013, Windy City Harvest has helped to grow 25 small farm businesses. More than 100,000 pounds of produce is grown every year on over 15 farms. Most of the produce stays in the communities where it’s grown on our farms.

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How scientists are rethinking lawns—and how you can, too

For many homeowners, a long, hot summer means mow the lawn, water, repeat. It’s a cycle that feels inevitable if you don’t want a brown, unruly patch of land.

Conservation scientist Becky Barak, Ph.D., is looking to change that assumption. By studying alternatives to traditional turfgrass, she and her collaborators are hoping to offer a “menu of options” for greener lawns that not only look good and stand up well against Chicago’s moody seasons but also have positive ecological implications.

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