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Enhance Your Visit with the Garden's New App

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Technology can help enhance your next visit to the Garden! The new smartphone app features an interactive map, tour guide, announcer of what's new, What's in Bloom, Garden plant finder, and general plant guide, among other fun and useful things.

The app works on your smartphone, and there will also be computers stationed at two locations in the Garden so that visitors without smartphones can access the plant finder while they are at the Garden. The plant finder can also be used from a home computer.

Interactive Map

GardenGuide in action

The Garden's app map enables you to pinpoint your location in the Garden. Just touch where you want to go and track progress to your destination. Pinch and zoom to change the map's magnification and see an information pin that explains a garden feature or plant when you touch it.

Walking Tours

Choose from different types of walking tours that each add a layer to the app map showing a specific type of walk. One walk highlights aquatic plants; another is a photo walk showing especially good places to take pictures. A path on the map indicates where you should walk, with key information pins that can be touched for more information. Best of all there are audio narratives by Kris Jarantoski, executive vice president and director of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

What's New Alerts

From your smartphone app, these alerts will announce which plants are in bloom, and notify you of Garden events.

Plant Finder

Type a plant name (common or Latin) to find the plant you seek. When selected, the plant adds an information pin to the Garden's app map, where you can find its location relative to where you are within the Garden.

Plant Guide

Home gardeners and landscapers can access Garden plant information web pages to discover plants best suited for their needs. Search by different plant characteristics and browse the results! Save the plants or places you like best in My Favorites and retrieve them easily later. Share with friends by e-mail or Facebook.