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Chicago Botanic Garden June through December 2018 Events

Julie McCaffrey
(847) 835-8213, direct
jmccaffrey@chicagobotanic.org

Event Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018
Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

There’s always something going on at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms in summer, to Wonderland Express in winter, each day brings a new experience at the Garden. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org for more information.

JUNE 

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Through Sunday, October 21 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features 18 trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around close to 50 American landmarks. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission fee applies. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibition; however, stroller parking is located near the entrance. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/railroad for more information. 

Butterflies & Blooms – Through Sunday, September 3 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to North America. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located in the Regenstein Learning Campus. Visitors can also observe butterflies emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.) Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for tickets and information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 7, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 
Noted chefs prepare recipes with garden-fresh ingredients in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/chef for the schedule.

Rose Terrace Beer Garden – Through Monday, September 3 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting)
The new Rose Terrace Beer Garden (formerly the Rose Terrace Café) is a perfect place to relax and sip a beer or glass of wine and have a light bite. Craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries are featured at the beer garden. Four to six beers are available on tap, along with a dozen varieties in cans or bottles. The menu includes freshly prepared snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. Ice cream is available in the Garden View Café.

New! TrueJuice at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden – Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, September 2 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting)
The new TrueJuice at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden is a perfect place to grab a freshly made smoothie or cold pressed juice. The Garden is partnering with TrueJuice to bring their concept and offerings to the Garden at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Using only pure ingredients, with no sugars or artificial flavors, TrueJuice products make it easier to consume more of the natural nutrients from fruits or vegetables. TrueJuice will be using some produce from Windy City Harvest to make their product here. Some of that produce may have been harvested right on the Fruit & Vegetable Garden.

Library Exhibition – Color My World: Hues of Nature – Through Sunday, July 15
This rare book exhibition in the Lenhardt Library features volumes from the Rare Book Collection pertaining to color taxonomy including color charts and color samples.

Paul Lange: Big Blooms—Orchids – Through Sunday, October 28
A new collection of Paul Lange’s Big Blooms is on display in Regenstein Center, Krehbiel Gallery. Big Blooms—Orchids, Visionaries and Trailblazers consist of 18 large-scale orchid photographs, each bearing the namesake of a historical and celebrated woman in STEM. 

Penelope Gottlieb: Against Forgetting exhibition – Through Sunday, August 12
Penelope Gottlieb’s paintings can be large, colorful and full of motion that captures a sense of urgency but they can also be reflective and faint with a quality of fading away. Her paintings are a series of botanical recollections of plants gone extinct and documentations of species that are endangered or invasives that are jeopardizing balance in our natural environments. Against Forgetting consists of works from three series; Extinct Botanicals, Vanishing Series and Invasive Series, all of which are presented different visually but each share an important status botanically. Gottlieb is a Santa Barbara-based painter who received her B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her M.F.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara. The exhibition will be in the Joutras Gallery of the Regenstein Center.

Plant Giveaway – Through Sunday, October 7
Volunteers in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden share information about each month's featured plant and encourage visitors to plant seeds or seedlings (while supplies last) to take home to their own gardens. This year’s plants are: June – Igleheart Yellow Cherry tomato, July – Giant of Italy parsley, August – Sandy lettuce, September – Joi Choi pac choi. A flyer with care information and a recipe is available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Discovery Programs in the Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese and English Walled Gardens – Wednesday – Sunday through October 7
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include herbs, composting, edible flowers, beneficial insects, tomatoes, watering, container gardening, attracting pollinators to the garden, tools, seed saving and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will share features of landscape design, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on a Japanese feudal lord’s retreat during the Edo Period, from 1603 to 1867), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Family Drop-In Activities in the Nature Play Garden – Saturday, June 2, through Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Join us for outdoor adventures in the Nature Play Garden. Go on a guided walk, build a life-sized bird nest, play with worms, construct forts with natural materials, and more. Activities vary from week to week. During inclement weather, activities will move to the Astellas Atrium. 

Nature Nights: Journey to Japan – Saturdays, June 2 and June 9 (5 – 7:30 p.m.) 
Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden! Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/family_programs/nature_nights for more information.

Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale – Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
The Northern Illinois Hosta Society presents this show, which features more than 100 cut-leaf specimens of hosta, including rare and unusual varieties. Hosta growers will have garden-ready plants for sale.

Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program – Saturday, June 2, through Sunday, August 26
Visit the Lenhardt Library this summer to read, play and earn prizes. This program was developed to encourage the joy of reading and literary skills and help reluctant readers enjoy nature STEM activities to develop critical thinking skills. Research has shown that reading 20 minutes per day (or 300 minutes per summer) reduces the “summer slide” and enables students to maintain their reading level during summer vacation. Sign up at the Lenhardt Library and receive a reading and activity log to record your child’s progress. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/library/summer_reading for more information.  

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Sundays, June 3, 17, July 1, 15, August 5, September 2 and 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture. Practice using chopsticks, rake miniature dry gardens, make Japanese kites, and more. The free activities vary each time and are subject to change.

Carillon Concerts – Mondays, June 4 through September 3, 7 p.m.
Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island. Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight Garden visitors with the captivating music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert. Since 1986, the carillon has remained both a noted landmark and a source of remarkable music at the Garden. Crafted in Holland, the tower's bronze bells and playing device with a range of four octaves constitutes one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation. Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes). Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/carillon for schedule.

Music on the Esplanade – Tuesdays, June 5 through August 28, 6 – 8 p.m. 
Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from jazz to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain. Please note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/music_esplanade for schedule.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, June 5 through August 28, 10 – 11 a.m. 
Hear chamber music, jazz, and Spanish guitar. Free concerts in the McGinley Pavilion, rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/tuesday_morning_music for schedule.

Dancin’ Sprouts – Wednesdays, June 6 through August 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for kids. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting. This year’s Dancin’ Sprouts will take place in the Rose Garden. Please note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/dancin_sprouts for schedule.

Hot Summer Nights – Thursdays, June 7 through August 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Please note: This year, Hot Summer Nights will take place in the Rose Garden, and we encourage you to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/hot_summer_nights for schedule.

New! Summer Break Camp – Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kids in grades 1 – 4 can join our new camp as we kick off summer. We’ll get a jump on some of our favorite camp activities, plant a bed in the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, investigate the Dixon Prairie, discover who lives in the McDonald Woods, visit the Kleinman Family Cove, and compare the three Greenhouses. Each day, campers will make their own healthy afternoon snack and play in our Nature Play Garden. Sign up for one day or the whole week.  Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/youth_programs/camp_cbg/summer_break_camp for more information.

Summer Dinner Dance – Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
The Summer Dinner Dance raises vital funds for the Chicago Botanic Garden. We believe that beautiful gardens and natural environments are fundamentally important to the mental and physical well-being of all people. More than one million visitors come to the Garden each year and many more benefit from our horticulture, conservation science, and education programs locally, nationally, and internationally. Proceeds from this special night make this possible. Summer Dinner Dance tickets are $750. Call (847) 835-6958 for tickets and information.

Father’s Day Canoe Adventure – Saturday, June 16, or Sunday, June 17
How’s this for a unique way to spend part of Father’s Day? In partnership with Friends of the Chicago River, the Garden invites you to participate in a rare opportunity to canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Herons, ducks, small fish, and maybe even a few turtles and frogs will greet you as we explore their watery habitat. No experience canoeing is necessary; instruction, canoes, life jackets, and paddles are all provided. Choose from start times 9 a.m., 11 a.m., or 1 p.m. You’ll enjoy a full hour canoeing the lakes of Chicago Botanic Garden. Be sure to register early, as this event always sells out. Cost is: $57 nonmember/$45.60 member. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate. Maximum three participants per boat.

New! Creatures of the Cove (Free Family Friendly Cove Weekends) – Saturdays and Sundays, June 16 & 17, July 21 & 22, and August 11 & 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
There will be three special weekends during the summer when the Kleinman Family Cove will be open for free wading exploration. Bring your boots and learn about the plants and animals that depend on our waterways.

Camp CBG – June 18 through August 17
Camp CBG offers morning and afternoon camps, supervised lunch, and full-day camps to give parents flexible scheduling options. Spend a week or the whole summer at the Garden. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/camp/summercamp for the camp schedule.

New! Summer Solstice Celebration Day – Thursday, June 21, 9 a.m. to sunset
Unwind and celebrate the longest day of the year at our new summer solstice event. Start the day off right at 9 a.m. with a complimentary yoga class on the Esplanade. Participants bring their own mat or towel. On-site class registration will be available for those interested in signing up for our Wellness Programs. Drop-in meditation classes, tai chi, artist demonstrations, and more will take place on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the kids for summer solstice-themed Family Drop-in Activities. Pot your own free sunflower plant to take home. Unwind at a free Hot Summer Nights concert. Grab a beer or some dinner at one of our outdoor dining locations. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/summer_solstice for more information.

New! Beer Garden Music – Friday, June 22, 4 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy dinner and music at the Rose Terrace Beer Garden the fourth Friday of every month. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/beergarden for schedule.

Ikebana International Show – Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Ikebana International Society presents an exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging. This event features many educational opportunities to learn about the mechanics and techniques of ikebana.

Art Festival – Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stroll and shop among 100 juried artists on the Esplanade. This one-of-a-kind art festival brings botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry, and other pieces to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Find remarkable items to purchase or just admire them during your visit to this annual event. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/artfestival for more information.

Nature Nights: Campfire Cooking– Saturdays June 30 and July 14, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden! Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/family_programs/nature_nights for more information.

JULY

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Through Sunday, October 21 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features 18 trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around close to 50 American landmarks. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission fee applies. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibition; however, stroller parking is located near the entrance. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/railroad for more information. 

Butterflies & Blooms – Through Sunday, September 3 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to North America. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located in the Regenstein Learning Campus. Visitors can also observe butterflies emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.) Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for tickets and information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 7, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 
Noted chefs prepare recipes with garden-fresh ingredients in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/chef for the schedule.

Rose Terrace Beer Garden – Through Monday, September 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting
The new Rose Terrace Beer Garden (formerly the Rose Terrace Café) is a perfect place to relax and sip a beer or glass of wine and have a light bite. Craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries are featured at the beer garden. Four to six beers are available on tap, along with a dozen varieties in cans or bottles. The menu includes freshly prepared snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. Ice cream is available in the Garden View Café.

Library Exhibition – Color My World: Hues of Nature – Through Sunday, July 15
This rare book exhibition in the Lenhardt Library features volumes from the Rare Book Collection pertaining to color taxonomy including color charts and color samples.

Paul Lange: Big Blooms—Orchids – Through Sunday, October 28
A new collection of Paul Lange’s Big Blooms is on display in Regenstein Center, Krehbiel Gallery. Big Blooms—Orchids, Visionaries and Trailblazers consist of 18 large-scale orchid photographs, each bearing the namesake of a historical and celebrated woman in STEM. 

Penelope Gottlieb – Against Forgetting exhibition – Through Sunday, August 12
Penelope Gottlieb’s paintings can be large, colorful and full of motion that capture a sense of urgency but they can also be reflective and faint with a quality of fading away. Her paintings are a series of botanical remembrances of plants gone extinct and documentations of species that are endangered or invasives that are jeopardizing balance in our natural environments. Against Forgetting consists of works from three series; Extinct Botanicals, Vanishing Series and Invasive Series, all of which are presented different visually but each share an important status botanically. Gottlieb is a Santa Barbara-based painter who received her B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her M.F.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara. The exhibition will be in the Joutras Gallery of the Regenstein Center.

Plant Giveaway –Through Sunday, October 7
Volunteers in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden share information about each month's featured plant and encourage visitors to plant seeds or seedlings (while supplies last) to take home to their own gardens. This year’s plants are: July – Giant of Italy parsley, August – Sandy lettuce, September – Joi Choi pac choi. A flyer with care information and a recipe is available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Discovery Programs in the Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese and English Walled Gardens – Wednesday – Sunday Through October 7
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include herbs, composting, edible flowers, beneficial insects, tomatoes, watering, container gardening, attracting pollinators to the garden, tools, seed saving and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will share features of landscape design, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on a Japanese feudal lord’s retreat during the Edo Period, from 1603 to 1867), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Family Drop-In Activities in the Nature Play Garden – Through Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Join us for outdoor adventures in the Nature Play Garden. Go on a guided walk, build a life-sized bird nest, play with worms, construct forts with natural materials, and more. Activities vary from week to week. During inclement weather, activities will move to the Astellas Atrium. 

Camp CBG – Through Friday, August 17
Camp CBG offers morning and afternoon camps, supervised lunch, and full-day camps to give parents flexible scheduling options. Spend a week or the whole summer at the Garden. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/camp/summercamp for the camp schedule.

Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program – Through Sunday, August 26
Visit the Lenhardt Library this summer to read, play and earn prizes. This program was developed to encourage the joy of reading and literary skills and help reluctant readers enjoy nature STEM activities to develop critical thinking skills. Research has shown that reading 20 minutes per day (or 300 minutes per summer) reduces the “summer slide” and enables students to maintain their reading level during summer vacation. Sign up at the Lenhardt Library and receive a reading and activity log to record your child’s progress. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/library/summer_reading for more information.  

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Sundays, July 1, 15, August 5, September 2 and 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture. Practice using chopsticks, rake miniature dry gardens, make Japanese kites, and more. The free activities vary each time and are subject to change.

Carillon Concerts – Mondays, through September 3, 7 p.m.
Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island. Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight Garden visitors with the captivating music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert. Since 1986, the carillon has remained both a noted landmark and a source of remarkable music at the Garden. Crafted in Holland, the tower's bronze bells and playing device with a range of four octaves constitutes one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation. Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes). Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/carillon for schedule.

Music on the Esplanade – Tuesdays, through August 28, 6 – 8 p.m. 
Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from jazz to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain. Please note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/music_esplanade for schedule.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, through August 28, 10 – 11 a.m. 
Hear chamber music, jazz, and Spanish guitar. Free concerts in the McGinley Pavilion, rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/tuesday_morning_music for schedule.

Dancin’ Sprouts – Wednesdays, through August 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for kids. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting. This year’s Dancin’ Sprouts will take place in the Krasberg Rose Garden. Please note: We encourage you to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/dancin_sprouts for schedule.

Hot Summer Nights – Thursdays, through August 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Please note: This year, Hot Summer Nights will take place in the Krasberg Rose Garden, and we encourage you to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/hot_summer_nights for schedule.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Show & Sale – Saturday July 7, noon to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society's annual show features floral arrangements in four artistic categories, and a beautiful, judged display of more than 100 lily blooms in different varieties. This show features true lilies, belonging to the genus Lilium. There are about 80 different species of lilies, and thousands of hybrids. Visitors can get tips from experts on how to grow and propagate lilies.

New! Nature Nights: Campfire Cooking: 2.0: Tween Night – Friday, July 13, 5 – 7:30 p.m. 
Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden. Children ages 8 to 12 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/family_programs/nature_nights for more information.

Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale – Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Northshore Iris and Daylily Society, this show features more than ten artistic arrangements and more than 50 daylily varieties in bloom. The sale features iris and daylily plants, available for purchase on both Saturday and Sunday. The show is on Sunday only.

Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale –  Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago show and sale features plants such as pineapples and Spanish moss, which are generally easy to grow, require little care, and reward the grower with brilliant, long-lasting blooms and ornamental foliage. Society members will be on hand; information on growing bromeliads will be provided. Various bromeliads will be for sale. 

Farmers’ Market – Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Our third annual market highlights some of the Chicago area’s best farmers, bakers, and artisans in a gathering on the Esplanade. Held rain or shine, find seasonal products such as fruits, handmade soaps, cut flowers and herbs as well as handmade pottery and honey. Talk with vendors and sample fresh fare.

Farm Dinners – Wednesdays, July 18, August 15, and September 5, 5 – 8 p.m.
Adventurous diners will not want to miss out on Farm Dinners at the Chicago Botanic Garden, celebrating the connection between midwestern farmland and the locally grown food we love to eat. Enjoy a spectacular meal prepared with locally grown ingredients by award-winning chef Cleetus Friedman. Guests will enjoy cocktails and a tour of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, followed by a unique dining experience under the grape arbor where they will converse with their table mates while learning more about the food and beverages being served. Cost is $220 per person. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/farmdinners for details.

Library Exhibition: Farmers’ Market: Bountiful Harvest – Saturday, July 20, through Sunday, October 14
Delectable fruits and vegetables call to us with their recognizable scent and appearance as we wander through a farmers' market. On view in this exhibition are examples of colorful eighteenth-century illustrations of favorites such as corn, apples, and pears, in works by Johann Knoop, Nees Von Esenbeck, and others. A free library talk will be held on Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m. 

New! Creatures of the Cove (Free Family-Friendly Cove Weekends) – Saturdays and Sundays, July 21 & 22, and August 11 & 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
There will be three special weekends during the summer when the Kleinman Family Cove will be open for free wading exploration. Bring your boots and learn about the plants and animals that depend on our waterways.

Cactus & Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale – Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago presents a show and sale of cactuses and succulents, featuring plants grown by members of the society.

New! Beer Garden Music – Friday, July 27, 4 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy dinner and music at the Rose Terrace Beer Garden the fourth Friday of every month. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/beergarden for schedule.

Herb Garden Weekend – Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29
Displays, demonstrations, tours, vendors, and chef demonstrations showcase a variety of garden herbs at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden that visitors can grow in their own gardens. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/herb_garden_weekend for a full schedule of the weekend. 

AUGUST

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Through Sunday, October 21 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features 18 trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around close to 50 American landmarks. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission fee applies. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibition; however, stroller parking is located near the entrance. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/railroad for more information. 

Butterflies & Blooms – Through Sunday, September 3 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to North America. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located in the Regenstein Learning Campus. Visitors can also observe butterflies emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.) Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for tickets and information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 7, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 
Noted chefs prepare recipes with garden-fresh ingredients in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/chef for the schedule.

Rose Terrace Beer Garden – Through Monday, September 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting
The new Rose Terrace Beer Garden (formerly the Rose Terrace Café) is a perfect place to relax and sip a beer or glass of wine and have a light bite. Craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries are featured at the beer garden. Four to six beers are available on tap, along with a dozen varieties in cans or bottles. The menu includes freshly prepared snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. Ice cream is available in the Garden View Café.

Paul Lange: Big Blooms—Orchids – Through Sunday, October 28
A new collection of Paul Lange’s Big Blooms is on display in Regenstein Center, Krehbiel Gallery. Big Blooms—Orchids, Visionaries and Trailblazers consist of 18 large-scale orchid photographs, each bearing the namesake of a historical and celebrated woman in STEM. 

Penelope Gottlieb: Against Forgetting exhibition – Through Sunday, August 12
Penelope Gottlieb’s paintings can be large, colorful and full of motion that capture a sense of urgency, but they can also be reflective and faint with a quality of fading away. Her paintings are a series of botanical recollections of plants gone extinct and documentations of species that are endangered or invasives that are jeopardizing balance in our natural environments. Against Forgetting consists of works from three series; Extinct Botanicals, Vanishing Series, and Invasive Series, all of which are presented different visually but each share an important status botanically. Gottlieb is a Santa Barbara-based painter who received her B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her M.F.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara. The exhibition will be in the Joutras Gallery of the Regenstein Center.

Library Exhibition: Farmers’ Market: Bountiful Harvest – Through Sunday, October 14
Delectable fruits and vegetables call to us with their recognizable scent and appearance as we wander through a farmers' market. On view in this exhibition are examples of colorful eighteenth-century illustrations of favorites such as corn, apples, and pears, in works by Johann Knoop, Nees Von Esenbeck, and others. A free library talk will be held on Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m. 

Plant Giveaway –Through Sunday, October 7
Volunteers in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden share information about each month's featured plant and encourage visitors to plant seeds or seedlings (while supplies last) to take home to their own gardens. This year’s plants are: August – Sandy lettuce, September – Joi Choi pac choi. A flyer with care information and a recipe is available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Discovery Programs in the Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled Gardens – Wednesday – Sunday, Through October 7
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include herbs, composting, edible flowers, beneficial insects, tomatoes, watering, container gardening, attracting pollinators to the garden, tools, seed saving and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will share features of landscape design, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on a Japanese feudal lord’s retreat during the Edo Period, from 1603 to 1867), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Family Drop-In Activities in the Nature Play Garden – Through Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Join us for outdoor adventures in the Nature Play Garden. Go on a guided walk, build a life-sized bird nest, play with worms, construct forts with natural materials, and more. Activities vary from week to week. During inclement weather, activities will move to the Astellas Atrium. 

Camp CBG –Through August 17
Camp CBG offers morning and afternoon camps, supervised lunch, and full-day camps to give parents flexible scheduling options. Spend a week or the whole summer at the Garden. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/camp/summercamp for the camp schedule.

Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program – Through Sunday, August 26
Visit the Lenhardt Library this summer to read, play and earn prizes. This program was developed to encourage the joy of reading and literary skills and help reluctant readers enjoy nature STEM activities to develop critical thinking skills. Research has shown that reading 20 minutes per day (or 300 minutes per summer) reduces the “summer slide” and enables students to maintain their reading level during summer vacation. Sign up at the Lenhardt Library and receive a reading and activity log to record your child’s progress. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/library/summer_reading for more information.  

Nature Nights: Ladybugs, Fireflies and Moths, Oh My! – Saturdays, August 4 and 11, 5 – 7:30 p.m. 
Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden. Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/family_programs/nature_nights for more information.

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Sundays, August 5, September 2 and 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture. Practice using chopsticks, rake miniature dry gardens, make Japanese kites, and more. The free activities vary each time and are subject to change.

Carillon Concerts – Mondays, through September 3, 7 p.m.
Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island. Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight Garden visitors with the captivating music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert. Since 1986, the carillon has remained both a noted landmark and a source of remarkable music at the Garden. Crafted in Holland, the tower's bronze bells and playing device with a range of four octaves constitutes one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation. Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes). Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/carillon for schedule.

Music on the Esplanade – Tuesdays, through August 28, 6 – 8 p.m. 
Each Tuesday evening brings a different kind of music, from jazz to swing to bluegrass. Watch the sun set over the Smith Fountain. Please note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/music_esplanade for schedule.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, through August 28, 10 – 11 a.m. 
Hear chamber music, jazz, and Spanish guitar. Free concerts in the McGinley Pavilion, rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/tuesday_morning_music for schedule.

Dancin’ Sprouts – Wednesdays, through August 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for kids! Bring the whole family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting. This year’s Dancin’ Sprouts will take place in the Krasberg Rose Garden. Please note: We encourage you to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/dancin_sprouts for schedule.

Hot Summer Nights – Thursdays, through August 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Please note: This year, Hot Summer Nights will take place in the Krasberg Rose Garden, and we encourage you to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/hot_summer_nights for schedule.

New! Creatures of the Cove (Free Family Friendly Cove Weekends) – Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
There will be three special weekends during the summer when the Kleinman Family Cove will be open for free wading exploration. Bring your boots and learn about the plants and animals that depend on our waterways.

Kite Festival – Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Kite Festival will take place in the meadow west of Evening Island. Visitors can walk there or take the free tram. Ice cream, beverages, and light fare will be available for purchase on-site. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/kite_festival for a full schedule.

Gardeners of the North Shore Show & Sale – Saturday, August 11, noon to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Gardeners of the North Shore host this annual show, which includes a judged exhibition with more than 500 entries of anything a home gardener can grow, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, and houseplants.

Model Sailboat Sunday- Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring your child, and your childlike wonder, and watch model sailboats race across the North Lake.  Demonstrations are by Chicago Radio Controlled Yacht Club and held at the Waterside Terrace on the Esplanade.

Farm Dinners – Wednesdays, August 15 and September 5, 5 – 8 p.m.
Adventurous diners will not want to miss out on Farm Dinners at the Chicago Botanic Garden, celebrating the connection between midwestern farmland and the locally grown food we love to eat. Enjoy a spectacular meal prepared with locally grown ingredients by award-winning chef Cleetus Friedman. Guests will enjoy cocktails and a tour of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, followed by a unique dining experience under the grape arbor where they will converse with their table mates while learning more about the food and beverages being served. Cost is $220 per person. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/farmdinners for details.

Mid-America Bonsai Society Show & Sale – Friday, August 17, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, August 18, to Sunday, August 19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Presented by the Midwest Bonsai Society, this show draws visitors from across the United States and is often regarded as one of the top three shows of its kind in the country. Enjoy a display of 200 bonsai trees judged by bonsai master Naoki Maeoka from Japan. Shop more than a dozen vendors for bonsai trees and supplies. Free demonstrations and lectures will be available. Also, workshops will be held throughout the weekend for bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels. Visit midwestbonsai.org for more information on workshops.

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival – Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Learn about summer celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to Koto harp and Taiko drum music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony. Participate in free hands-on crafts for children of all ages. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/malott_japanese_garden_summer_festival for more information.

Library Talks: Farmers’ Market: Bountiful Harvest – Sunday, August 19, 2 – 3 p.m.
Delectable fruits and vegetables call to us with their recognizable scent and appearance as we wander through a farmers' market. On view in this exhibition are examples of colorful eighteenth-century illustrations of favorites such as corn, apples, and pears, in works by Johann Knoop, Nees Von Esenbeck, and others.

Focusing on Nature: Student Botanical Photography Exhibition – Friday, August 24, through Sunday, September 16
Join us for the annual exhibition of botanical photography by students of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition features outstanding works by students and instructors in our diverse offering of photography classes.

New! Beer Garden Music – Friday, August 24, 4 – 7 p.m.
Enjoy dinner and music at the Rose Terrace Beer Garden the fourth Friday of every month. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/interest/music/beergarden for schedule.  

Meet the Rare Books – Saturday, August 25, 1 – 2 p.m.
Discover treasures of the Rare Book Collection in the Lenhardt Library. There are more than 4,000 titles in the collection, including some that are more than 500 years old. Discover botanical treasures that will intrigue, inform, and delight. Preregistration is required. Each session is limited to 15 adults.

Heirloom Fest: Tomatoes & More – Saturday, August 25, to Sunday, August 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn how to grow and use heirloom tomatoes and other heirloom vegetables with displays, activities, tours, seed saving demonstrations and more. Take a Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden tour with the staff horticulturist and learn how easy it is to save your own heirloom/open-pollinated tomato seeds. Select vendors will have a variety of items for sale from homemade jams to specialty spice mixes, goat cheese, fresh produce, and more. Families can take part in hands-on games and activities. As part of the Garden Chef Series, Heather Terhune of Tre Rivali will give cooking demonstrations on Saturday, and Fernando Angelina of Guildhall will give cooking demonstrations on Sunday. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/heirloom_tomato_weekend for more information.

Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show – Saturday, August 25, to Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, originated with Ikenobo in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. This show is presented by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Chicago Chapter, and will feature arrangements from members who will be on hand to answer questions about Ikenobo. 

Bike the Garden – Saturday, August 26, 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Bicyclists of all ages are allowed to ride the full perimeter of the Garden this one day of the year. Participants in this free event will be able to ride on the East and West Roads, enabling access to areas that are usually off-limits to bicyclists. After the ride, come to the McDonald Woods pavilion to enjoy the festivities, check out the vendors, and learn at the information tables. Helmets are recommended for all riders, and are required for riders 14 and under. Children under age of 13 need to be accompanied by an adult. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/bike_the_garden for more information.

SEPTEMBER

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Through Sunday, October 21 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features 18 trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around close to 50 American landmarks. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission fee applies. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibition; however, stroller parking is located near the entrance. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/railroad for more information. 

Butterflies & Blooms – Through Sunday, September 3 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to North America. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located in the Regenstein Learning Campus. Visitors can also observe butterflies emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.) Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for tickets and information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 7, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 
Noted chefs prepare recipes with garden-fresh ingredients in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/chef for the schedule.

Rose Terrace Beer Garden – Weekends through Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting
The new Rose Terrace Beer Garden (formerly the Rose Terrace Café) is a perfect place to relax and sip a beer or glass of wine and have a light bite. Craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries are featured at the beer garden. Four to six beers are available on tap, along with a dozen varieties in cans or bottles. The menu includes freshly prepared snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. Ice cream is available in the Garden View Café.

Paul Lange: Big Blooms—Orchids – Through Sunday, October 28
A new collection of Paul Lange’s Big Blooms is on display in Regenstein Center, Krehbiel Gallery. Big Blooms—Orchids, Visionaries and Trailblazers consist of 18 large-scale orchid photographs, each bearing the namesake of a historical and celebrated woman in STEM. 

Focusing on Nature: Student Botanical Photography Exhibition – Through September 16
Join us for the annual exhibition of botanical photography by students of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition features outstanding works by students and instructors in our diverse offering of photography classes.

Library Exhibition: Farmers’ Market: Bountiful Harvest – Through Sunday, October 14
Delectable fruits and vegetables call to us with their recognizable scent and appearance as we wander through a farmers' market. On view in this exhibition are examples of colorful eighteenth-century illustrations of favorites such as corn, apples, and pears, in works by Johann Knoop, Nees Von Esenbeck, and others.

Plant Giveaway – Through Sunday, October 7
Volunteers in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden share information about each month's featured plant and encourage visitors to plant seeds or seedlings (while supplies last) to take home to their own gardens. This year’s plants are: September – Joi Choi pac choi. A flyer with care information and a recipe is available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Discovery Programs in the Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled Gardens – Wednesday – Sunday, Through October 7
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include herbs, composting, edible flowers, beneficial insects, tomatoes, watering, container gardening, attracting pollinators to the garden, tools, seed saving and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will share features of landscape design, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on a Japanese feudal lord’s retreat during the Edo Period, from 1603 to 1867), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Sundays, September 2 and 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Drop by the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden for hands-on activities related to Japanese arts and culture. Practice using chopsticks, rake miniature dry gardens, make Japanese kites, and more. The free activities vary each time and are subject to change.

Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale – Sunday, September 2, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Illinois Mycological Association celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with an exhibition of 50 to 100 varieties of mushroom foraged from area forests. Members provide information and answer questions about mushrooms and fungi. Explore the children's education area and shop for mushrooms, books, and T-shirts at the show. Mycology is the study of fungi that explores how humans use them as a source for medicine and food; what dangers they may pose, such as poisoning or infection; and their benefits to natural ecosystems.

Carillon Concerts – Mondays, through September 3, 7 p.m.
Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island. Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight Garden visitors with the captivating music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert. Since 1986, the carillon has remained both a noted landmark and a source of remarkable music at the Garden. Crafted in Holland, the tower's bronze bells and playing device with a range of four octaves constitutes one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation. Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes). Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/carillon for schedule.

Farm Dinner – Wednesdays, September 5, 5 – 8 p.m.
Adventurous diners will not want to miss out on Farm Dinners at the Chicago Botanic Garden, celebrating the connection between midwestern farmland and the locally grown food we love to eat. Enjoy a spectacular meal prepared with locally grown ingredients by award-winning chef Cleetus Friedman. Guests will enjoy cocktails and a tour of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, followed by a unique dining experience under the grape arbor where they will converse with their table mates while learning more about the food and beverages being served. Cost is $220 per person. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/farmdinners for details.

Sogetsu School of Illinois Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition – Saturday, September 8, noon – 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition will feature flower-arranging demonstrations and 50 Ikebana on display. Sogetsu School of Illinois members will be on hand to answer questions.

Nature Nights: Prairie Prowl – Saturdays, September 8 and 15, 5 – 7:30 p.m. 
Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden. Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/family_programs/nature_nights for more information.

Harvest Party – Friday, September 14
Celebrate the start of the fall season with the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden at the second annual Harvest Party.  Enjoy cocktails, small bites, and live music in the beautiful Krasberg Rose Garden. Tickets begin at $225.  Call (847) 835-6958 for more information.

Central States Dahlia Society Show – Saturday, September 15, noon – 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Get ready for an explosive burst of color at the Central States Dahlia Society Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Hundreds of flowers in the dahlia family will be judged and on display in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and forms, with floral designs and photography completing the show. Society members will be on hand to provide written information and to answer questions about dahlias.

American Craft Exhibition (ACE) – Friday, September 21, through Sunday, September 23
A juried exhibition featuring more than 100 artists selling handcrafted works in thirteen media including baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, and more. Tickets are required. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/events/featured_events/american_craft_exp... for more information. 

Drawn from Nature: Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition – Friday, September 28, through Sunday, October 21
Each autumn, the Regenstein School's Annual Student Botanical Art Exhibition features outstanding student and instructor works in the Joutras Gallery, Regenstein Center. Come enjoy vibrant landscape scenes, delicate watercolors, intricate pen-and-ink studies, amazing pastels, and much more.

Harvest Weekend – Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 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, hands-on activities for kids and families, Garden Chef Series presentations, a cookbook swap, and more. Visit  https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/harvest_weekend for more information. 

OCTOBER

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Through Sunday, October 21 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features 18 trains running on 1,600 feet of track. The garden-scale trains are 1/29th the size of life-size trains. Train and garden enthusiasts, young and old, return year after year for the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around close to 50 American landmarks. All are intricately handcrafted with natural materials, including twigs, bark, leaves, acorns and pebbles. More than 5,000 tiny trees, shrubs, ground covers and flowering plants of close to 300 varieties re-create the topographical landscape of America. Vignettes of tiny people and animals give the exhibit a storybook feel, while sound effects and a working geyser capture visitors’ imaginations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission fee applies. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibition; however, stroller parking is located near the entrance. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/railroad for more information. 

Library Exhibition: Farmers’ Market: Bountiful Harvest – Through Sunday, October 14
Delectable fruits and vegetables call to us with their recognizable scent and appearance as we wander through a farmers' market. On view in this exhibition are examples of colorful eighteenth-century illustrations of favorites such as corn, apples, and pears, in works by Johann Knoop, Nees Von Esenbeck, and others.

Drawn from Nature: Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition – Through Sunday, October 21
Each autumn the Regenstein School's Annual Student Botanical Art Exhibition features outstanding student and instructor works in the Joutras Gallery, Regenstein Center. Come enjoy vibrant landscape scenes, delicate watercolors, intricate pen-and-ink studies, amazing pastels, and much more.

Rose Terrace Beer Garden – Weekends through Sunday, October 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting
The new Rose Terrace Beer Garden (formerly the Rose Terrace Café) is a perfect place to relax and sip a beer or glass of wine and have a light bite. Craft beers from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois breweries are featured at the beer garden. Four to six beers are available on tap, along with a dozen varieties in cans or bottles. The menu includes freshly prepared snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, and salads. Ice cream is available in the Garden View Café.

Paul Lange: Big Blooms—Orchids – Through Sunday, October 28
A new collection of Paul Lange’s Big Blooms is on display in Regenstein Center, Krehbiel Gallery. Big Blooms—Orchids, Visionaries and Trailblazers consist of 18 large-scale orchid photographs, each bearing the namesake of a historical and celebrated woman in STEM. 

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 7, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 
Noted chefs prepare recipes with garden-fresh ingredients on the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/chef for the schedule.

Plant Giveaway –Through Sunday, October 7
Volunteers in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden share information about each month's featured plant and encourage visitors to plant seeds or seedlings (while supplies last) to take home to their own gardens. This year’s plants are: September/ October – Joi Choi pac choi. A flyer with care information and a recipe is available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Discovery Programs in the Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled Gardens – Wednesday – Sunday, Through October 7
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include herbs, composting, edible flowers, beneficial insects, tomatoes, watering, container gardening, attracting pollinators to the garden, tools, seed saving and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will share features of landscape design, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on a Japanese feudal lord’s retreat during the Edo Period, from 1603 to 1867), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Fall Bulb Festival – Friday, October 5, through Sunday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Members-only bulb shopping, Friday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
250+ varieties of daffodils, tulips, crocus, 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 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. Live music; a harvest market; cider, wine, and beer to purchase; and the amazing gourd mountain for selfies. Many local vendors will offer baked goods, honey, kettle corn, roasted nuts, fresh jams, and much more. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/bulb for more information.

Autumn Brews – Thursday, October 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
Welcome the fall season with a cold glass of beer. Oktoberfest celebrations happen throughout Europe; the Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate locally. Guests check in at the McGinley Pavilion and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Breweries will pour a few different seasonally selected beers in 2-ounce tastings. Light fare, wine, cider, and beer by the bottle will be available for purchase. Come to “drink in” the best of the season.

Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale – Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Illinois Orchid Society presents this show, in which individual orchids in 128 classes will vie for red, white, and blue ribbons. Twenty-five entries will receive "best of class" green ribbons, and the best-appointed plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award from American Orchid Society judges. Tabletop displays, from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids, will be artistically arranged. The Society will provide an orchid sales area and repotting services. Visit www.iosoc.com for more information.

Library Exhibition: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie – Saturday, October 19, through Sunday, January 13, 2019
Laura Ingalls Wilder was inspired by her natural surroundings. The prairie lands her family lived on and farmed provided her with a rich knowledge of plants and crops. This exhibition features Marta McDowell’s book The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder and showcases original works from the rare book collection including prairie plant illustrations by naturalist Helen Sharp that are published in the book. A free library talk will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m. 

Spooky Pooch Parade- Saturday October 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Participants are invited to dress their dogs in Halloween costume and bring them to the Garden for this one special day each year. Costume contest and a parade through the Garden will start in the Krasberg Rose Garden.

Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale – Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Freshly harvested fruit grown in the area by the Midwest Fruit Explorers is on display and for sale. Featured are apples, pears, pawpaws, grapes, kiwis, and more. See apples turned into cider during apple press demonstrations. Visitors can enjoy tastings and information on growing fruit. Apples, cider, and more will be available for sale.

Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale – Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Midwest Daffodil Society's bulb sale features many varieties of unique and easy-to-grow daffodils for the gardener who wants some early color next spring.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Bulb Sale – Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A wide variety of lily bulbs will be available for purchase at the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society's annual sale.

Roadside Flower Sale – Friday, October 26, through Sunday, October 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hold on to summer and shop one-of-a-kind natural plant and dried flower arrangements at the Chicago Botanic Garden's annual Roadside Flower Sale. Visit the sale in the Regenstein Center to view gifts incorporating dried flowers, pods, and grasses from the Garden. More than 300 flower arrangements and wreaths created by talented volunteers are available for purchase. The sale features arrangements, wreaths, bouquets, wall hangings, stationery cards, and more.

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns – Wednesday, October 24, through Sunday, October 28, 6:30 – 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, watch live carvers, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/halloween for tickets and information.

NOVEMBER

Library Exhibition: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie – Through Sunday, January 13, 2019
Laura Ingalls Wilder was inspired by her natural surroundings. The prairie lands her family lived on and farmed provided her with a rich knowledge of plants and crops. This exhibition features Marta McDowell’s book The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder and showcases original works from the rare book collection including prairie plant illustrations by naturalist Helen Sharp that are published in the book. A free library talk will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m. 

Fine Art of Fiber – Friday, November 2, through Sunday, November 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stunning quilts, lovely knitted artwear, woven wonders, and breathtaking beadwork are among the abundant handcrafted items on view and for sale during the Fine Art of Fiber, held at the Garden's Regenstein Center. The area's oldest, largest, and most unique fiber art event, the Fine Art of Fiber is hosted by Illinois Quilters, Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. A complimentary opening night, including early buying privileges, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening. Viewers will enjoy an exhibition of more than 150 pieces, including quilts, various types of needle art, knitting, weaving, wearable art, dolls, and jewelry. Sales boutiques offer a similarly wide variety of items for sale, including woven and knitted pieces, artwear, traditional and contemporary quilts, handmade holiday gifts, and much more. For more information, visit fineartoffiber.org.

Meet the Rare Books – Saturday, November 3, 1 – 2 p.m.
Discover treasures of the Rare Book Collection in the Lenhardt Library. There are more than 4,000 titles in the collection, including some that are more than 500 years old. Discover botanical treasures that will intrigue, inform, and delight. Preregistration is required. Each session is limited to 15 adults.

Library Talks: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie – Saturday, November 17, 2 – 3 p.m.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was inspired by her natural surroundings. The prairie lands her family lived on and farmed provided her with a rich knowledge of plants and crops. This exhibition features Marta McDowell’s book The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder and showcases original works from the rare book collection including prairie plant illustrations by naturalist Helen Sharp that are published in the book.

Wonderland Express – Friday, November 23, through Sunday, January 6, 2019
Wonderland Express brings its seasonal charm and holiday magic back to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Sparkling outdoor lights, an indoor model train exhibition and special events make Wonderland Express a beloved Chicago holiday tradition for visitors of all ages. Walk through a twinkling display of 700,000 LED lights outdoors and find holiday lighting also inside the Greenhouses, specially decorated with colorful plants. An atmospheric, birch pole and poinsettia Bridge Gallery takes visitors to Nichols Hall, which will be transformed into a storybook model train landscape. The exhibition contains more than 80 miniature replicas of Chicago-area landmarks crafted of all-natural materials by Paul Busse of Applied Imagination. Such favorites as the Willis Tower, Chicago Stadium, Navy Pier, and the Field Museum will be set in a breathtaking horticultural display including poinsettias, small fir trees, amaryllis, boxwoods and many other plants. Garden-scale trains add to the magical atmosphere as they wind through the exhibition, chugging along tracks, trellises and bridges. An admission fee applies. Visit chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for more information. 

All Aboard! – Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society presents the 13th annual All Aboard! gala dinner amid the festive setting of Wonderland Express, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s indoor holiday exhibition. Tickets begin at $450. Call (847) 835-6958 for tickets and information. 

DECEMBER

Library Exhibition: Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Prairie –Through Sunday, January 13, 2019
Laura Ingalls Wilder was inspired by her natural surroundings. The prairie lands her family lived on and farmed provided her with a rich knowledge of plants and crops. This exhibition features Marta McDowell’s book The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder and showcases original works from the rare book collection including prairie plant illustrations by naturalist Helen Sharp that are published in the book.

Wonderland Express –Through Sunday, January 6, 2019
Wonderland Express brings its seasonal charm and holiday magic back to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Sparkling outdoor lights, an indoor model train exhibition and special events make Wonderland Express a beloved Chicago holiday tradition for visitors of all ages. Walk through a twinkling display of 700,000 LED lights outdoors and find holiday lighting also inside the Greenhouses, specially decorated with colorful plants. An atmospheric, birch pole and poinsettia Bridge Gallery takes visitors to Nichols Hall, which will be transformed into a storybook model train landscape. The exhibition contains more than 80 miniature replicas of Chicago-area landmarks crafted of all-natural materials by Paul Busse of Applied Imagination. Such favorites as the Willis Tower, Chicago Stadium, Navy Pier, and the Field Museum will be set in a breathtaking horticultural display including poinsettias, small fir trees, amaryllis, boxwoods and many other plants. Garden-scale trains add to the magical atmosphere as they wind through the exhibition, chugging along tracks, trellises and bridges. An admission fee applies. Visit chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for more information. 

Holiday Market – in Burnstein Hall on December 1 and 2 

Holiday Cheers! Wednesday, December 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Visitors 21 years and older can drink in the best of the season as they sample local spirits, wine and winter brews, and enjoy the surroundings of Wonderland Express. Guests receive a wristband, tasting glass, tasting sheet and access to the exhibition. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase. Go to org/wonderland for the latest ticket information.

Christmas Concert Friday, December 8, 2 and 4 p.m. 
Get into the holiday spirit with traditional holiday musical favorites. Go to chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for the latest ticket information.

Holiday Market – Friday, December 8, through Sunday, December 9, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Do you need some last-minute holiday gifts? Visit the Holiday Market, where vendors will offer products such as locally made jams, soaps, spice blends, and more. Visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/holiday_market for a list of vendors.

Hanukkah Concert – Saturday, December 9, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Enjoy a lively performance from The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Go to chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for the latest ticket information.

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 a.m.  
Enjoy a buffet breakfast, visit with Santa and view the exhibition. Go to  chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for the latest ticket information.

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Editors, please note: For digital images, contact Jasmine Leonas at (847) 835-6829 or at jleonas@chicagobotanic.org.

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