Chicago Botanic Garden

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• Linnaeus sculpture

• Bald cypress hedge

• Seasonal containers

• Water features

• The physic garden

• Plant family beds

• Geographic beds

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Tom Soulsby tells us about the plants that went into the troughs in the Heritage Garden in spring.

Heritage Garden

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Narrated by Kris Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director

The Heritage Garden pays tribute to the botanic gardens of the past and the manner in which they organized and displayed plants.

The Heritage Garden is dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus, who established binomial nomenclature as the system of naming plants we still use today. Modeled after Europe's first botanical garden in Padua, Italy, it is a circular space, divided into four quadrants. A large statue of Linneaus presides over the garden.

Seven perimeter beds display plants according to their geographic origin; 14 additional beds display the major plant families grouped according to their scientific classification.

In the center is a signature water feature with cascading sheets of water and a classic physic garden, which is planted with medicinal plants from around the world. In the summer, three aquatic pools contain water lilies, lotus, and other tropical water plants.

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