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Chicago Botanic Garden opens “Brazil in the Garden”

Will feature lush tropical plantings, music and food of Brazil and exhibition about landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx

Gloria Ciaccio
(847) 835-6819

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Chicago Botanic Garden will be immersed in the culture of Brazil this summer and fall. Brazil in the Garden will feature tropical plants, music and food of Brazil, adult education class offerings and lecture series, themed family drop-in activities and childhood education classes. Select summer camp and summer reading programs will include Brazil-themed offerings. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an exhibition of the art work of modernist Brazilian designer Roberto Burle Marx.

Brazil in the Garden will open June 15 and run through October 15.  See and download photo renderings of planned garden designs for the event and read full details about Brazil in the Garden.

Brazil is home to 30 percent of the world’s tropical rainforests.  Brazil in the Garden celebrates the influence of the richly biodiverse country and the connection to nature that people find in gardens, art and conservation.

The 2017 Garden plantings will embody Marx’s use of bold foliage and bright colors- magenta, burgundy, spring green, Kelly green, orange and silver. Plants will be featured in 17 of the 27 display gardens and will include cycads, begonia vine, passion flowers, papyrus, banana, sedges, salvia and Mexican feather grass.

The Joutras Gallery will feature an exhibition highlighting the art of Roberto Burle Marx and a replica of one of his garden designs. He is considered Brazil’s preeminent modernist landscape architect; his revolutionary 20th-century Brazilian style changed tropical gardening forever.  He designed and created approximately 3,000 landscape architecture projects worldwide, including the Garden of the Ministry of Education and Health in Rio de Janerio and government buildings, public gardens and palaces in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital.  Besides landscape architecture, Burle Marx was an accomplished artist.

Highlights throughout the Garden include:

  • The Garden’s summer music concert series, Music on the Esplanade and Hot Summer Nights, features groups that specialize in Brazilian and Latin jazz, samba and Bossa Nova music.
  • The Garden Chef series includes Brazilian chefs and restaurants on certain weekends
  • Tram and walking tours will explore Brazil highlights in the 17 display gardens that feature annual plants.
  • The Lenhardt Library will host a Flora Brasil exhibition and offer four free library talks.
  • Adult education classes will teach how to create tropical containers, colorful foliage combinations, how to design with tropicals and a Brazil in the Garden photography workshop.
  • Two adult education lectures will focus on the influence of Roberto Burle Marx at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Burle Marx’s influence on sustainable urban planning and architecture.
  • Nature Nights participants will create paintings based on Burle Marx garden designs; Family Drop-In programs will feature a Burle Marx station; Camp CBG will highlight tropical plants in various sessions
  • The Garden View Café and Grille will serve specialty items, such as a Misto Quente sandwich, Brazilian Beef Picanha Skewers and Brazilian Caipirinha. Desserts include a Brazilian nut cake and Brigadeiro.


Editors, please note: For digital images, contact Jasmine Leonas at (847) 835-6829 or at

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