Press Releases

Joy Comes Alive This Holiday Season at Lightscape

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Explore the whimsy of nature in winter through music, light, fire, and color during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Starting November 11 and running on select dates until January 8, 2023, the outdoor illuminated trail will make spirits bright with new light-filled installations along with favorite and reimagined pieces.

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns to Light Up the Chicago Botanic Garden This Fall

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Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, featuring a display of artist-carved pumpkins at the Chicago Botanic Garden, returns for 10 nights in advance of Halloween. More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins lit with LED lights will light up the night and line the family-friendly outdoor paved path in a beautiful fall setting.

Seed Collection Timing, Short-term Seed Storage, and Cold Stratification Significantly Affects Viola Reintroduction Outcomes

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Viola species play an important role in prairie habitats but are often missing from restoration activities because their seeds are challenging to procure and use to support plant reintroduction. A new study published in the Spring 2022 issue of Native Plants Journal discusses how seed collection, storage, and germination practices may affect Viola reintroduction outcomes.

Chicago Botanic Garden Celebrates 50th Birthday

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The Chicago Botanic Garden has experienced extraordinary growth over the last five decades and it is marking its 50th birthday in 2022 with Flourish: The Garden at 50. Starting May 13 and running through September 25, members, visitors, and program participants are invited to celebrate 50 years of the Garden connecting people to the natural world.

Explore How Nature Finds a Way at The Orchid Show: Untamed

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The Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates the unexpected verve of wild orchids this winter during The Orchid Show: Untamed. Starting February 12 and running through March 27, the Garden’s indoor galleries will be filled with lush installations and saturated with the summery color and scent of tropical plants.

Chicago Botanic Garden Implements New Pricing Structure

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To help meet growing public demand and expectations, the Chicago Botanic Garden is implementing a new pricing structure that includes an admission fee and reduced parking fee for nonmember visitors starting this week. Over the last 10 years, the Garden has seen a 43 percent increase in visitorship.

Be Delighted this Holiday Season at Lightscape

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Thousands of twinkling lights and new features that shine with all the colors imaginable will be on display during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season. Starting November 12 and running on select dates until January 2, 2022, the outdoor illuminated trail includes an all-new, one-way, 1.25-mile path filled with favorite artistic installations set to seasonal music along with new and reimagined pieces.

Joint boards of the Chicago Horticultural Society Raise $882,000 at Chicago Botanic Garden Lightscape Preview

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The Woman’s Board, Board of Directors, and Guild of the Chicago Horticultural Society raised $882,000 during the Lightscape Preview on Thursday, November 12, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 520 guests enjoyed the event that supports the Chicago Botanic Garden’s efforts to continue to be a source of true beauty and respite for all to enjoy.

Get Outside and Celebrate the Holiday Season at Lightscape

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The night will come alive with color, imagination, and sound during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season. Starting November 13 and running on select dates until January 3, 2021, the outdoor illuminated trail will brighten up winter nights with new delights from Chicago-based artists and captivating favorites from international artists.

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns Returns to Chicago Botanic Garden for 10 Evenings This Fall

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Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, featuring a display of expertly carved pumpkins, returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden for 10 evenings in advance of Halloween. More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins lit with LED lights will light up the night and line the family-friendly outdoor path in a beautiful fall setting.

New Discovery: Prescribed Fires Help Prairie Plants Flower, Find Mates, Reproduce and Flourish

A new study has discovered that fires are critically important to successful reproduction in prairie plants. Conservation scientists from the Negaunee Institute for Plant Conservation Science and Action at the Chicago Botanic Garden learned that fires help plants flower and find mates. Researchers observed the sex lives of 778 individual plants for 21 years on Staffanson Prairie in western Minnesota. During the study, which ran from 1996 to 2016, The Nature Conservancy conducted prescribed burns in nine different years, burning no more than half the preserve each time.

Enter a Modern World of Living Color at Brilliance: The Orchid Show

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The Chicago Botanic Garden radiates with bold and brilliant color this winter during Brilliance: The Orchid Show. Starting February 8 and running through March 22, the Garden’s indoor galleries will be saturated with color using light, reflection and translucent panels, changing as the sun moves throughout the day. 

Chicago Botanic Garden Marks Record 1.275 Million Visitors in 2019

The 2019 attendance at the Chicago Botanic Garden was the highest ever, with 1.275 million visitors, representing an increase of 22 percent over 2018. Attendance exceeded one million visitors for the seventh year in a row, revealing that our Garden continues to be an ideal year-round destination for people who enjoy being immersed in nature.

Third Annual Harvest Party Raises $100,000 for Chicago Botanic Garden

The third annual Harvest Party was held recently on the beautiful late-summer grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden, raising $100,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden. Proceeds benefit Windy City Harvest, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and jobs-training initiative to help build a local food system, healthier communities and a greener economy.

Unleash Your Inner Sparkle This Holiday Season At Lightscape

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As evening falls, the magic will begin during Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season. Starting November 22 and running on select dates until Sunday, January 5, 2020, this immersive experience along a mile-long path will allow visitors to explore all of their senses, with moments of bold colors, festive fragrance, and whimsical sounds. 

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns to Light Up for 10 Evenings in 2019

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Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, featuring a display of expertly carved pumpkins at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has been extended this year from five nights to 10 nights due to popular demand. More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins lit with LED lights will light up the night and line the family-friendly path in a beautiful fall setting.

Summer Dinner Dance Celebrates Pollinators at the Chicago Botanic Garden

More than 375 guests raised nearly $700,000 at the recent Summer Dinner Dance, the Garden’s most important fundraising event. The Board of Directors of the Chicago Horticultural Society presented the event on the summer solstice. The theme of pollinators was woven throughout the evening as a nod to Bees & Beyond, the Garden-wide program that inspires a genuine appreciation for the vital role pollinators play in our lives and in a healthy, diverse planet.

Chicago Botanic Garden Introduces Lightscape for 2019 Holiday Season

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The Chicago Botanic Garden has new magic for the holidays with the introduction of Lightscape, an enchanting, after-dark, illuminated trail inspired by and created just for the Garden. Lightscape is making its U.S. debut this November with immersive experiences and artistic installations by international artists.

Chicago Botanic Garden Reveals Vital Role of Pollinators During Bees & Beyond

Explore the fascinating world of pollinators during Bees & Beyond at the Chicago Botanic Garden this summer. Bees & Beyond will inspire a genuine appreciation for the role pollinators play in our everyday lives and in a healthy, diverse planet. 

Visitors will learn about pollination basics, how it impacts our daily lives—from the food we eat to the air we breathe—and major threats to pollinators. Bees & Beyond includes such elements as pollinator-themed display gardens, topiaries, a floral carpet, an interactive exhibition and more throughout the Garden.

An Island Escape Awaits at “In The Tropics: The Orchid Show”

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A tropical getaway is closer than you think when “In the Tropics: The Orchid Show” opens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Starting February 9 and running through March 24, the Garden’s Greenhouses and parts of the Regenstein Center will be transformed into a lush oasis, with the luminous feel of an endless summer.

2019 Calendar of Events

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There’s always something going on at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From In the Tropics: The Orchid Show in winter to Bees & Beyond, the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies & Blooms in summer, each day brings a new experience at the Garden. Visit chicagobotanic.org for more information.

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