Chicago Botanic Garden

What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Island Gardens — January 1, 2015


Black alder
(Alnus glutinosa)


Golden leaves in snow


Cotoneaster berries


Japanese Garden walks

Evening Island: Winter interest: Black alder (Alnus glutinosa) -black fruits, Tatarian dogwood (Cornus alba 'Siberian Pearls'), cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus) -red fruits and fall color, crabapples (Malus 'Donald Wyman' & 'Prairifire') -red fruits, Profusion crabapple (Malus 'Profusion') –red fruits, redbud crapapple (Malus x zumi 'Calocarpa') -red fruits, staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) –red seedheads.

Fruit & Vegetable Garden: The growing season is over for flowers, fruits and vegetables. As you walk the paths of the island, stop and visit the greenhouse. The orchards, now bare of fruit and leaves are filled with buds for next year's growth, and vegetable beds have been cleared and prepared for spring planting.

Japanese Garden (Sansho-En): Winter interest: Dogwoods (Cornus alba, Cornus sericea) – colorful twigs, cranberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus)—berries, Liempde white willow (Salix alba 'Liempde') –orange bark, weeping willow (Salix alba 'Tristis'). Fresh snow on the trained pines and lanterns provides picturesque photo opportunities.