Rainwater Glen

The Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society's Rainwater Glen is adjacent to the Plant Conservation Science Center Woods, and surrounds the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. Both beautiful and practical, the Glen functions like a river floodplain, storing rain during flood events where deep-rooted native plants that are tolerant of seasonal flooding support water infiltration and filtering.

The Glen contributes to improved water quality at the Garden and to the health of each of the ecosystems it flows through.

Enjoy while you stroll or bike along the East Road (also known as the North Branch Bike Trail); surrounding the Plant Conservation Science Center, which is one of the stops on the Grand Tram route.

The Glen is beautiful year-round; after heavy rainfall, you may unexpectedly find ducks swimming among the plants and under the Science Center.

Native plants growing here are used in Plant ID courses taught to graduate students in the Garden's joint graduate program in Plant Biology and Conservation with Northwestern University.