Chicago Botanic Garden

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• Drifts

• Mixed beds and borders

• Raised beds and containers

• Shady areas

• Rock gardens




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Take a colorful spring bulb walk with Jill Selinger and William Moss.

Graham Bulb Garden

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Bulb Garden

The Graham Bulb Garden is the place to go anytime in spring to see thousands of tulips blooming in succession with vibrant color. Dramatic drifts of new cultivars of narcissus, tulips, ornamental onions, fritillaries, and lilies are planted to ensure a constant color show from early spring well into fall.

Gardeners will find inspiration at every turn. The container collection demonstrates how to use bulbs in new and unusual ways. Look for specimen connoisseur bulbs artfully combined with other flowering plants; diminutive bulbs planted in raised areas for easy viewing; and perennial bulbs forced indoors for early blooming.

Bulbs are underplanted with more bulbs. Flowering ground cover complements clusters of unique bulbs. An innovative double-planting technique creates the appearance of bulbs blooming over a longer period. By mixing forced bulbs with bulbs planted directly into the ground, the flower show extends weeks longer.

Visitors can enjoy views of the Aquatic Garden from the elevated plaza at the Bulb Garden entrance or relax at the shaded seating area, perfect for garden dreaming.

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