Every winter, home gardeners congregate at the Chicago Botanic Garden to plan their spring planting and share seeds at the Seed Swap. The annual Swap has become so popular that it has been expanded to a full weekend of events, Super Seed Weekend, including a featured speaker, gardening classes and, of course, the big swap. Events will be held on Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22.
Gardening Press Releases
GLENCOE, IL (Feb. 11, 2016) — Twenty-one taxa of lady ferns and Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium spp.) have received the highest marks for suitability in the Upper Midwest garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s recently released Plant Evaluation Notes, Issue 39, 2015.
“Athyrium are among the most elegant, yet utilitarian plants for the shade garden,” said Richard G. Hawke, the Garden’s plant evaluation manager. “Their feathery fronds provide texture in a variety of colors to contrast and complement other perennials.”
GLENCOE, IL. (Feb. 5, 2016) - The Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting its fifth annual Seed Swap on Sunday, February 28. The popular program teaches gardeners the best ways to collect and save seeds, and offers an opportunity to swap seeds with all attendees. The event takes place in the Regenstein Center at the Glencoe campus.
GLENCOE, IL (May 19, 2015) – Herb Garden Weekend presents ways to grow and use a variety of fragrant, flavorful and nutritious herbs through a series of displays, demonstrations, tours and family-friendly activities taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, 2015, at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (December 11, 2014) – Rainwater management, cumulative stress problems, corresponding color schemes, new compact hybrids and heightened concern for butterflies, birds and bees will define home gardening in 2015, according to experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (Oct. 9, 2014) – Proving that good design transforms any space, the Chicago Botanic Garden has rejuvenated the previous Antiques & Garden Fair into the Antiques, Garden & Design Show for Spring 2015. Celebrating its 15th year, the show inspires stylish living and presents beautiful gardens and objects in a way that transcends the ordinary.
GLENCOE, IL (May 27, 2014) – Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) present the competitive flower show, Show of Summer, with the theme "Our Kind of Town" on June 21 and 22 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors will enjoy plant and flower displays with the highest standards of artistic and horticultural excellence. One of the main purposes of the show is to educate visitors about horticulture, flower arranging and conservation.
GLENCOE, Ill. (June 6, 2013) – Seven species of the classic fall-flowering aster have received top five-star ratings and 19 additional types of asters have received four-stars in Plant Evaluation Notes Issue 36, 2013, recently released by the Chicago Botanic Garden.
“Along with goldenrods, asters are classic autumnal flowers of gardens, roadsides, and native landscapes,” said Richard G. Hawke, plant evaluation manager. “They are wonderful companions to a variety of other late-season perennials and grasses.”
– First app in country that brings a botanic garden’s plant collections database to life
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 2, 2013) –The Chicago Botanic Garden announces a new smartphone app called “GardenGuide,” which is the first of its kind to be developed in the United States with the ability to tap in to a botanic garden’s plant collections database. The GardenGuide app shares the Garden’s vast plant-collections database, containing records of the nearly 2.6 million plants in the living collection. The app is free to users.
GLENCOE, IL (February 6, 2012) – Gardeners in the Upper Midwest looking for colorful perennial plants that offer multiseasonal interest with minimal maintenance should check out the latest introductions from Chicagoland Grows™. Burgundy Fireworks Coneflower – A Meadowbrite™ Introduction (Echinacea 'Burgundy Fireworks' PPAF) is a unique selection that produces vivid beet-red ray flowers and has deep burgundy stems and dark green, glossy leaves.
GLENCOE, IL (May 8, 2014) – The robust and showy native perennial Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium spp.) is often relegated to larger more naturalized landscapes, but certain species can make a fantastic addition to smaller or more formal garden spaces, says Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Hawke speaks with authority. He’s recently completed an evaluation of 26 varieties of Eutrochium and relatives of the Joe-Pye Weed over a 12-year span.