There is no more beautiful, fascinating place for photography than the Chicago Botanic Garden. Whatever the season, whatever the time or type of day, the Garden is a paradise for photographers. Focus in and capture the exquisite details of an endless variety of plants. Step back for breathtaking panoramic scenes of our 26 gardens and four natural areas. Don't forget the aquatic images that await along our miles of waterways and lakes.
Photography Resources at the Garden
Walks, contests, shows, classes, books
Be sure to review our photography guidelines before you come to ensure you get the most out of your visit. You can also review our suggested Garden walks for photography ideas. Many who take photographs at the Garden are inspired to participate in our popular seasonal Garden photo contests (below). Photographers will also enjoy attending the annual Garden Photographic Society Show. For more than 30 years, the Society has been meeting at the Chicago Botanic Garden to pursue their passion for the art of photography, enjoying the Garden as a unique place to hone their craft.
Experienced photographers as well as the newest of amateurs benefit from the wide selection of photography courses offered through the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Some plant shows, such as the Midwest Daffodil Society Show and the Show of Summer, include photography classes and competitions. You might wish to visit the Garden's Lenhardt Library, which contains 28,000 books, to explore those on garden photography. Stop by the Garden Shop as well, where photography books are available. Don't forget to visit the Garden on Facebook or Twitter to post about your photographic experience, and then post your photos via Flickr.
Garden Photo Contests
Ready, Aim, shoot!
Share your vision of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Send us your images for the chance to win a free Garden membership and have your winning photo used on our website (seen by close to a million people each year). The contestant photo gallery will be updated each week during the contest, so that all visitors to our website will see contestants' work.
Free Photo Walks
Join us the first Saturday of every month for a photo walk in the Garden with our staff photographer.