Keep Growing Summer 2021

In this first edition of the Keep Growing digital magazine, we want you to get to know the Chicago Botanic Garden like never before, through videos (don’t miss Executive Vice President Fred Spicer’s intimate tour of the Japanese Garden), special photo galleries, and more. We’ll also let you know all about members-only events and benefits, and what’s happening behind the scenes at the Garden. Thanks for dropping by!

The Secrets of the Japanese Garden

Sit back and take in the beauty and meaning of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden in this guided tour with Garden Director and Executive Vice President Fred Spicer.


Your Phone Can Help Monarchs

Thanks to a new app, it’s even easier to be a community scientist with the Garden’s Budburst program and help milkweeds, monarchs, and more.

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Joining Forces for Native Plants

Restoration is a team effort. Learn how the Garden is partnering with the Forest Preserves of Cook County to restore habitats and protect native plants.

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Painting the Prairie

Artist Philip Juras wants visitors to the new exhibition of his work to feel like they’ve stepped into a prairie. Learn how he captured that simple beauty in an interview for the Center for Human Nature in its Minding Nature Winter 2020 issue.

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Plus: Hear the artist talk about his inspiration in this video.


A Practical Approach

Scientists in the Garden’s Negaunee Institute are working collaboratively with land managers to find solutions to complex, real-world problems for plants and restoration as part of a new research center.

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Garden Updates

A message from the Garden president and CEO

Jean M. Franczyk shares a message just for Garden members.

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A garden in progress

Wonder what is happening at the south end of the Garden? Here’s a glimpse of the Mitsuzo and Kyoko Shida Evaluation Garden, which will open in fall 2021.

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Prairie views

Enjoy a slideshow of the tall grasses, wildflowers, and summer highlights of the Garden’s Dixon Prairie.

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3 Ways You Can Help

Want to do more? Even small contributions can help plants and the planet.

Join Budburst: Become a community scientist and do your part for plants. Your observations of the plants you love help support conservation science. Learn more.

Give pollinators a boost: Choose plants like coneflowers, lantana, and parsley to make your garden spaces a haven for pollinators. Get the list.

Avoid invasives: Find out which plants and trees can eventually crowd out other species. Learn more.


Looking Ahead

Lightscape is back: Members get first access to tickets for the outdoor, illuminated trail through June 16. Don’t delay; this popular holiday event sells out every year.

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More wicked cool fun: Dates, and ticket details, for our Halloween event, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns will be released in August.

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Find more with our calendar: Tailor your Garden experience: Search by date, date range, and/or events, programs, and classes.



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