Welcome to the Chicago Botanic Garden Press Room. The public relations staff is happy to assist journalists with stories, on-site visits, interviews, experts, and photos.
Harvest Weekend – Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Learn how to harvest, preserve, and store your homegrown produce or farmers’ market bounty during Harvest Weekend. Join us at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for “how-to” demonstrations, shopping from local vendors, and more. Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/harvest_weekend for more information.
Fall Bulb Festival – Saturday, October 10 through Sunday, October 11 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Members-only bulb shopping, Friday, October 9 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
The online bulb sale will begin late-August with a larger selection available this year. With a wide variety of daffodils, tulips, crocuses, and specialty bulbs tempt gardeners at the annual Bulb Sale. Buy mums, asters, peonies, potted amaryllis, paperwhite narcissus, and “Bulb Boost,” too. Expert staff are on hand at the onsite sale to answer questions and offer tips. All proceeds benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden. The sale is presented by the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society. There’s also a market place where many local vendors will offer baked goods, honey, roasted nuts, fresh jams, and much more. Visit chicagobotanic.org/bulb for more information.
Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns – Wednesday, October 14, through Sunday, October 18 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.), and Wednesday, October 21, through Sunday, October 25 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists from the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, and watch live carvers. Visit chicagobotanic.org/halloween for tickets and information.
Lightscape – Friday, November 13, to Sunday, January 3, 2021; Select Nights (4:30 to 10 p.m.)
The holiday event that sold out in its debut is back. Along a mile-long path, the night will come alive with color, imagination and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular Cathedral of Light. Visit chicagobotanic.org/lightscape for tickets and information.