2014 Calendar of Events Through October

Julie McCaffrey
(847) 835-8213, direct
jmccaffrey@chicagobotanic.org

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014

MARCH
Rare Book Exhibition:
Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print – Continuing through May 11
The Lenhardt Library displays volumes from its rare book collection in an exhibition called Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print. This showcase of unusual and stunning orchids will give visitors the opportunity to learn about one of the largest, most diverse and revered flowering plant families. The exhibition will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; until 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Story Time in Lenhardt Library – Mondays through May 19
Stop by the Lenhardt Library on Monday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. for nature-themed stories and hands-on activities. The program is geared toward children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Exhibition: “Nature in View” – Saturday, March 22 to Saturday, April 6
The Garden Photographic Society presents a juried photography exhibition in the Joutras Gallery with 65 to 70 photos of nature and the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Garden Photographic Society participates in photo shoots, technique workshops and competitions while endeavoring to capture the many seasons of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, March 22 – 23
This weekend allows visitors to explore and experience Japanese culture, with hands-on activities, such as writing a spring haiku and decorating scrolls, a suminagashi (Japanese marbleized paper) demonstration, a musical performance of koto harp and traditional Japanese storytelling. Additional activities include raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamiliesor call (847) 835-5440.

Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs – Saturday, March 29
Explore cool things about nature and plants with your family during Weekend Family Classes. Children ages 4 to 10, accompanied by an adult, take part in a variety of hands-on activities and projects. Hours are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Each class is $22 per child. Chicago Botanic Garden Plus members receive a 20 percent discount. Accompanying adults are free. Registration is required at least one week in advance. Visit chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society Show and Sale – Saturday and Sunday, March 29 – 30
The annual Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society show features approximately 50 exhibitions of 20 types of gesneriads. Visitors can learn about the types of gesneriads and gesneriad propagation, and get tips on how to grow these interesting plants. Plants, cuttings, tubers and rhizomes will also be available for purchase. Hours are from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information.

Midwest Fruit Explorers Grafting Workshop – Sunday, March 30
The Midwest Fruit Explorers guide newcomers in grafting fruit trees with scion wood in the Linnaeus Room and Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. The fee is $5 for scion wood. Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. No registration is required.

Spring Break Camp – Monday through Friday, March 31 to April 4
Children can enjoy outdoor activities while exploring the beginning blooms at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Children grades K-2 and 3-5 participate in high-quality learning activities with experienced teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities. Programming connects nature to a range of themes including art, cuisine and conservation. This spring, children will dissect and plant seeds, explore fragrant herbs and flowers, search for birds and early spring plants on nature hikes, take a trolley ride around the Garden, create take-home science-themed projects and much more! Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the fee is $72 per child, per day. Garden Plus members receive 20 percent off. Visit chicagobotanic.org/springbreakcamp to register or call (847) 835-6801.

APRIL

Story Time in Lenhardt Library – Mondays through May 19
Stop by the Lenhardt Library on Monday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. for nature-themed stories and hands-on activities. The program is geared toward\s children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies for more information.

Rare Book Exhibition: Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print – Continuing through May 11
Lenhardt Library will display volumes from its rare book collection in an exhibition called Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print. This showcase of unusual and stunning orchids will give visitors the opportunity to learn about one of the largest, most diverse and revered flowering plant families. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Visit chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Exhibition: Nature in View – Continuing through Sunday, April 6
The Garden Photographic Society presents a juried photography exhibition in the Joutras Gallery with 65 to 70 photos of nature and the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Garden Photographic Society participates in photo shoots, technique workshops and competitions while endeavoring to capture the many seasons of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs – Sunday, April 6
Explore cool things about nature and plants with your family during Weekend Family Classes. Children ages 4-10, accompanied by an adult, take part in a variety of hands-on activities and projects. Hours are from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Each class is $22 per child. Chicago Botanic Garden Plus members receive a 20 percent discount. Accompanying adults are free. Registration is required at least one week in advance. Visit chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Antiques & Garden Fair – Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13; Preview Evening Thursday, April 10
The Antiques & Garden Fair heralds the return of spring to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Fair-goers will find a variety of treasures in every price range, from classical and contemporary furnishings to botanical art and jewelry in the Regenstein Center, and tents over the Esplanade, Krasberg Rose Garden, and Searle and Runnells Courtyards. More than 100 dealers from Europe and the United States scour the globe for months to find the best in antique garden furnishings, botanical art, and home and garden design. Indoor display gardens will be donated and installed by five premier landscape designers. For the second year, shoppers may enjoy samples of organically grown wine from Bonterra Organic Vineyards. Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are available online at chicagobotanic.org/antiques or in person at the Visitor Center. Single day Fair tickets purchased on or before April 10 are $15 in advance; on or after April 11, tickets are $18. Garden members receive $3 off each ticket price. A three-day pass is $20 for all. Children under age 16 are free with an adult. For safety reasons, strollers are not permitted in the Fair. Regular parking fees apply.

Antiques & Garden Fair Lecture: Miles Redd – Friday, April 11
Miles Redd will be the keynote speaker at the Antiques & Garden Fair at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11. Redd, an interior designer known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour, has brought to life rooms infused with boldness, fantasy and sophistication. A book signing will follow in the Lenhardt Library. Lecture tickets purchased on or before April 10 are $85; day-of tickets are $90. A combination ticket for the two lectures (including the Danielle Rollins lecture on April 12) is available for $135. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price. All lecture ticket purchases include a three-day Fair pass. Visit chicagobotanic.org/antiques to purchase tickets or for more information.

Antiques & Garden Fair: Danielle Rollins – Saturday, April 12
Danielle Rollins will speak at the Antiques & Garden Fair at 11 a.m. on April 12. Rollins is a gracious living expert, tastemaker, author of Soirée: Entertaining with Styleand passionate gardener and cook. She wants to inspire people to celebrate any and every opportunity to create a memory. A book signing will follow in the Lenhardt Library. Lecture tickets purchased on or before April 11 are $75; day-of tickets are $80. A combination ticket for the two lectures (including the Miles Redd lecture on April 11) is available for $135. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price. All lecture ticket purchases include a three-day Fair pass. Visit chicagobotanic.org/antiques to purchase tickets or for more information.

Scout Seasonal Workshop: Earth Day – Saturday, April 19
Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on activities! Scouts will discover signs of spring around the Chicago Botanic Garden on a scavenger hunt, give back to the earth with a project to help improve the Garden, and save resources by reusing items to make art inspired by the beautiful gardens. Adults should plan to stay with their Scouts for the duration of the program. At least one adult chaperone for every five Scouts is required. Hours are from 12:45 to 3 p.m. The fee is $14 per child. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/scout for more information.

Tram Tours – Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, October 26
Explore the wonders of the Chicago Botanic Garden on a narrated 35-minute tram tour. The Grand Tour winds its way around the 2.3-mile perimeter of the Garden, providing the history and science of the Garden while viewing breathtaking parts of the Garden’s 385 acres. Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour four gardens on their own. The Bright Encounters Tour provides remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects and an intimate view of selected gardens of the main island. Trams run daily through October 26. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting); extended hours, until 5 p.m., are in effect June 7 through September 1. Tickets are available at the Tram Tours ticket booth in front of the Visitor Center. Trams are wheelchair accessible. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive a $1 discount off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/tram or call (847) 835-6895 for more information.

The Hidden Beauty of Moths Exhibition– Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, August 17 (not displayed June 16 - 25)
This exhibition in the Joutras Gallery will take an exciting, up-close look at the often- unrealized beauty of moths. Innovative artist Joseph Scheer uses a high-resolution scanner to document this mysterious beauty, capturing hard to see subtleties and intricacies. With a keen eye for detail, Scheer blends technology together with science and art. His larger-than-life images allow the viewer to observe a world otherwise unavailable. The show will include a variety of both rare and common moth scans that are almost unbelievable with magnificent color palettes and highly detailed patterns.

Easter Egg Brunch – Sunday, April 20
Celebrate Easter with a day of fun at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Enjoy a buffet meal and activities for the whole family. Bring your Easter basket and hop over to the Krasberg Rose Garden lawn after brunch for the Easter egg hunt. Tickets include a buffet meal, egg hunt and parking. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $38 for adults and $29 for children ages 3-12. Member tickets are discounted $5 each. Three seatings are available: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/easter_brunch or call (847) 835-6801 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Midwest Daffodil Society’s Display and Floral Design Show – Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27
The Midwest Daffodil Society presents this floral design show in Burnstein Hall from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Earth Day Walk to McDonald Woods – Saturday, April 26
Celebrate Earth Day with a free spring walk at 1 p.m. to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s McDonald Woods—a rare 100-acre oak woodland that is being restored to its pre-settlement condition. Learn about the restoration efforts taking place and see a variety of spring wildflowers. Meet at the “What’s in Bloom” cart outside the Visitor Center for this 45-minute walk. No reservations necessary.

MAY

2014 Forum: A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery - May 2, 2014

A full-day forum explores the cultural loss surrounding extinction. Writers, naturalists and scientists will discuss effective, ethical ways to preserve diversity. The event is sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Center for Humans and Nature. The forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Optional guided sound walk from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. through McDonald Woods led by Eric Leonardson, founder of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology and executive director of the World Listening Project. Visit chicagobotanic.org/school/symposia/ethics_symposia.php for a complete schedule.Tickets are $35, including lunch, or $15 excluding lunch. Advance registration is required.

Tram Tours – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Explore the wonders of the Chicago Botanic Garden on a narrated 35-minute tram tour. The Grand Tour winds its way around the 2.3-mile perimeter of the Garden, providing visitors with the history and science of the Garden and breathtaking views of the Garden’s 385 acres. Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour four gardens on their own. The Bright Encounters Tour provides remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects and an intimate view of selected gardens of the main island. Trams run daily through October 26. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Extended hours, until 5 p.m., take effect June 7 through September 1. Tickets are available at the Tram Tour ticket booth in front of the Visitor Center. Trams are wheelchair accessible. Cost is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive a $1 discount off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/tram or call (847) 835-6895 for more information.

Story Time in Lenhardt Library – Mondays through May 19
Stop by the Lenhardt Library on Monday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. for nature-themed stories and hands-on activities. The program is geared towards children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies for more information.

Rare Book Exhibition: Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print – Continuing through May 11
Lenhardt Library will display volumes from its rare book collection in an exhibition called Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print. This showcase of unusual and stunning orchids will give visitors the opportunity to learn about one of the largest, most diverse and revered flowering plant families. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Visit chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

The Hidden Beauty of Moths Exhibition– Continuing through Sunday, August 17 (not displayed June 16-25)
This exhibition in the Joutras Gallery will take an exciting, up-close look at the often-unrealized beauty of moths. Innovative artist Joseph Scheer uses a high-resolution scanner to document this mysterious beauty, capturing hard-to see-subtleties and intricacies. With a keen eye for detail, Scheer blends technology together with science and art. His larger-than-life images allow the viewer to observe a world otherwise unavailable. The show will include a variety of both rare and common moth scans with  magnificent color palettes and highly detailed patterns.

Spring Garden Walks – Saturdays, May 3, 10 and 17
Take a walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden with an expert and learn more than in a typical visit. On May 3, horticulture program specialist Nancy Clifton will lead a walk through several garden areas highlighting the Garden’s beautiful container plantings. On May 10, horticulturist Mike Kwiatek will take participants on a walk featuring spring bloom highlights. On May 17, a SavATree arborist will lead a tour through the Garden, highlighting some of the best trees for Chicago-area landscapes. Meet at the “What’s in Bloom” cart outside the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. for this 45-minute walk. No reservations necessary.

Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society’s Display & Sale – Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4
The Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society presents this show of approximately 50 African violets and other gesneriads in Burnstein Hall. Society members will be available to answer questions on how to grow these plants in the education area. Plants will be on sale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

Central States Dahlia Society’s Dahlia Sale – Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4
The Central States Dahlia Society presents this plant and root sale in Burnstein Hall. Visitors can take advantage of this opportunity to purchase dahlias seen on display at the society’s annual show in September. They will find dahlias in a wide array of sizes, shapes and colors at prices beginning at $4. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers' Market – First and Third Sundays of the Month, May 4 through October 19
The Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local, sustainable farmers for its Farmers' Market on the first and third Sundays of the month May 4 through October 19. Vendors offer seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables and herbs beneath the elm trees on the Esplanade. Handmade pottery, jams, honey and more round out the offerings. Visitors can purchase a special "market bag" at the Garden Shop to carry all of their purchases from the market. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Saturday, May 10 to Sunday, October 26
Tour America in miniature in the Model Railroad Garden where 18 garden-scale trains run on 18 tracks, past nearly 50 American landmarks. New this year is the Old Faithful Inn, a National Historic Landmark hotel located in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1903-4, the Inn is said to be the largest log structure in the world. In addition, look for new versions of the Corn Palace, the one-room schoolhouse, and the country church. More than 5,000 plants in more than 300 different varieties create a realistic landscape around the buildings, which are made with natural materials including bark, acorns and fungi. The trains travel more than 22,000 miles each season. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; during special evening hours, on Wednesdays from June 11 through August 27, the Model Railroad Garden closes at 8 p.m. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3-12; admission is free for children under 3. Garden members receive $1 off these rates. Garden Plus members and levels above receive free entry on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass costs $45; members pay $40. Model Railroad Garden closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 13, for a benefit that supports the Garden's conservation, science and education programs.

American Rhododendron Society Midwest Chapter Show and Sale – Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11
The Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents this show with 100 rhododendron and azalea varieties grown by members on display. Members will be available to answer questions about growing rhododendrons and azaleas. Plants are available for purchase. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese and English Walled gardens – Wednesday – Sunday, May 14 – October 5
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler, Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include: tools, herbs, composting, edible flowers, tomatoes, watering, container gardening and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will compare eastern-style and western-style gardening, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on the homes of warriors and aristocrats of the Middle Ages), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Rare Book Exhibition: Moku Hanga: the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing – Friday, May 16 through Sunday, August 10
 

Malott Japanese Garden Children's Festival – Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities in McGinley Pavilion. Listen to music, enjoy traditional folktales and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate the traditional Girls' Day and Boys' Day — design a kimono paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, construct an origami samurai helmet and more at family-friendly hands-on stations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Malott Japanese Garden will be staffed with volunteers in the Shoin House and around the Japanese garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Midwest Bonsai Society’s Spring Bonsai Exhibition – Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
The Midwest Bonsai Society’s spring show features spring-blooming trees, bonsai on rocks and suiseki (the Japanese art of stones). It also highlights trees in various stages of development with interpretive signs explaining the goals of each tree’s caretaker. Hundreds of bonsai specimens will be on display or for sale. Vendors will sell bonsai trees, raw nursery stock, pots, tools and supplies. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy demonstrations and workshops to allow beginners and accomplished growers to learn more about bonsai. Registration fee is required for workshops; for more information about the workshops, visit midwestbonsai.org. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Grapevines & Wines – Thursday, May 22
Sample wines from around the world while enjoying the idyllic backdrop of the McGinley Pavilion. Light fare will be available for purchase as well as wine by the glass. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m.  Attendees must be 21 or older with valid ID to attend. Advance tickets are $30; day-of tickets are $33. Garden members receive $5 off each ticket price. Standard parking fees apply. Visit chicagobotanic.org/wines to purchase tickets or for more information.

Butterflies & Bloom exhibition – Saturday, May 24 through Monday, September 1
The popular exhibition returns for its third season. Visitors will be immersed in a tropical habitat full of hundreds of colorful butterflies interacting with plant life. Butterflies & Blooms features butterflies from places around the world, including South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. A window into the pupa emergence room will allow visitors to observe butterflies and moths emerging. Volunteers also will be on hand to answer questions. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive $1 off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass is available for $45. The exhibition closes at 3 p.m. on June 13 for a Garden fundraiser. Visit chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for more information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, May 24 through October 12
More than 40 of the Chicago area’s best chefs will demonstrate how to create fabulous dishes using garden-fresh produce. Demonstrations will take place at the open-air amphitheater in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Visitors will be educated and inspired to grow, cook with and eat a variety of seasonal, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. All demonstrations are free and reservations are not needed, although seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Demonstrations will be at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/chef for more information.

Northshore Iris & Daylily Society’s Iris Show & Sale – Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
Sponsored by the Northshore Iris & Daylily Society, the show on Sunday will feature more than ten artistic arrangements and 75 irises in bloom in Burnstein Hall. Visitors will also be able to purchase irises and daylilies on both days. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/plantshows or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Northern Illinois Hosta Society’s Show & Sale – Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1
The Northern Illinois Hosta Society presents this show, which will feature more than 100 cut-leaf specimens of hosta, including rare and hard-to-find varieties in Burnstein Hall. Hosta growers will have garden-ready plants for sale. A workshop will take place each day to educate visitors on hostas. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program – Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, August 17
Join the fun with a new summer reading program! Read books and play at family drop-in activities and earn prizes. For details and to sign up, visit the Lenhardt Library in the Regenstein Center. All ages are welcome to participate.

JUNE

Tram Tours – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Explore the wonders of the Chicago Botanic Garden on a narrated 35-minute tram tour. The Grand Tour winds its way around the 2.3-mile perimeter of the Garden, providing visitors with the history and science of the Garden and breathtaking views of the Garden’s 385 acres. Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour four gardens on their own. The Bright Encounters Tour provides remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects and an intimate view of selected gardens of the main island. Trams run daily through October 26. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Extended hours run until 5 p.m. June 7 through September 1. Tickets are available at the Tram Tour ticket booth in front of the Visitor Center. Trams are wheelchair accessible. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive $1 off those rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/tram/ or call (847) 835-6895 for more information.

Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese and English Walled gardens – Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 5
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler, Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include: tools, herbs, composting, edible flowers, tomatoes, watering, container gardening and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will compare eastern-style and western-style gardening, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on the homes of warriors and aristocrats of the Middle Ages), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

The Hidden Beauty of Moths Exhibition – Continuing through Sunday, August 17 (not displayed June 16-25)
This exhibition in the Joutras Gallery will take an exciting, up-close look at the often- unrealized beauty of moths. Innovative artist Joseph Scheer uses a high-resolution scanner to document this mysterious beauty, capturing hard-to-see subtleties and intricacies. With a keen eye for detail, Scheer blends technology together with science and art. His larger-than-life images allow the viewer to observe a world otherwise unavailable. The show will include a variety of both rare and common moth scans with  magnificent color palettes and highly detailed patterns.

Rare Book Exhibition: Moku Hanga: the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing – Continuing through Sunday, August 10

Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program – Continuing through Sunday, August 17
Join the fun with a new summer reading program! Read books and play at family drop-in activities and earn prizes. For details and to sign up, visit the Lenhardt Library in the Regenstein Center. All ages are welcome to participate.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Tour America in miniature in the Model Railroad Garden where 18 garden-scale trains run on 18 tracks past nearly 50 American landmarks. New this year, is the Old Faithful Inn, a National Historic Landmark hotel located in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1903-4, it’s said to be the largest log structure in the world. In addition, look for new versions of the Corn Palace, the one-room schoolhouse, and the country church. More than 5,000 plants in more than 300 different varieties create a realistic landscape around the buildings, which are made with natural materials including bark, acorns and fungi. The trains travel more than 22,000 miles each season. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; special evening hours run until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays June 11 through August 27. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12; free for children under 3. Garden members receive $1 off these rates. Garden Plus members and levels above receive free entry on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass costs $45; members pay $40. Model Railroad Garden closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 13, for a benefit that supports the Garden's conservation, science and education programs.

Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition – Continuing through Monday, September 1

This popular exhibition returns for its third season. Visitors are immersed in a tropical habitat full of hundreds of colorful butterflies interacting with plant life. Butterflies & Blooms features butterflies from around the world, including South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Visitors can observe butterflies and moths emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Volunteers are also on hand to answer questions. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 seniors; $4 children (3-12). Members receive $1 discount off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass is available for $45. The exhibition closes at 3 p.m. on June 13 for a Garden fundraiser. Visit chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for more information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 12
More than 40 of the Chicago area’s best chefs demonstrate how to create fabulous dishes using garden-fresh produce. Demonstrations will take place at the open-air amphitheater in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Visitors will be educated and inspired to grow, cook with and eat a variety of seasonal, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. All demonstrations are free and reservations are not needed, although seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Demonstrations will be at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/chef for more information.

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays – Sundays: June 1, June 15, July 6, July 20, August 3, September 7 and September 21
The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays are designed to enhance visitor appreciation and understanding of Japanese gardens and culture. Families will enjoy engaging, educational and fun activities related to Japanese gardens and other aspects of Japanese culture in the Malott Japanese Garden. Each Sunday features a different take-home project as well as books and hands-on activities. Write a haiku, rake a miniature dry garden, try chopsticks and practice calligraphy. One of these activities will be available: koinobori (mini carp kites), kendama (origami cup and ball), samurai masks, kabuto (samurai helmets), uchiwa (paper fans), kimono paper dolls or gyotaku (fish prints). Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers' Market – First and Third Sundays of the Month, through October 19
The Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local, sustainable farmers for its Farmers' Market on the first and third Sundays of the month, May 4 through October 19. Vendors will offer seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables and herbs beneath the elm trees on the Esplanade. Handmade pottery, jams, honey and more round out the offerings. Visitors can purchase a special “market bag” at the Garden Shop to carry all of their purchases from the market. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

World Environment Day – Saturday, June 7

For the seventh year, the Chicago Botanic Garden will mark World Environment Day with special programs designed to increase awareness and understanding of the Garden’s conservation work and sustainable gardening practices. This year, the theme is pollinators and monarch butterflies in particular. Lab and horticulture demonstrations, hands-on activities and a variety of displays are planned for visitors of all ages; activities are designed to teach them how to apply conservation behaviors in their daily lives. Be sure to pick up a free Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed), which is a host plant for butterflies. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plastic plant container recycling will be held in parking lot 4. A variety of environmental organizations will be present to interact with visitors. Visit chicagobotanic.org/wed for more information.

World Environment Day Panel Discussion – Saturday, June 7
Tom Skilling,WGN-TV chief meteorologist, and Don Wuebbles lead a panel on the latest information about climate change. The discussion will be at 10 a.m. in Alsdorf Auditorium. The fee is $12; Garden members receive 20 percent off. Visit chicagobotanic.org/wed or call (847) 835-6801 to purchase tickets and for more information.   

The Monarch Butterfly: How You Can Help Save this Iconic Species – Saturday, June 7
Scott Hoffman Black, the executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will give this free public talk at 1 p.m. in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. 

Plastic Plant Container Recycling Program – Saturday, June 7
This program offers an opportunity for the public to recycle their plastic pots, containers, cell packs and trays they would otherwise be forced to throw away after planting. Recyclables accepted are numbers 2, 4, 5 and 6 materials. Staff and volunteers in parking lot 4 will be available to accept and sort recyclables. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about what can be recycled, visit chicagobotanic.org/wed/plantcontainerrecycle or call (847) 835-5440.

Model Sailboat Sunday – Sunday, June 8
The Chicago Radio Controlled Yacht Club will race model sailboats across the North Lake from the Waterside Terrace on the Esplanade. Visitors can learn about building and operating model sailboats and joining the sailing club. Club members are available to answer questions about sailboats, races and regattas. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).   

Carillon Concert Series – Mondays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30
Visitors are invited to the Chicago Botanic Garden to enjoy a free concert featuring the beautiful sounds of the carillon on Monday evenings through early September. Patrons can purchase dinner and a bottle of wine from the Garden Grille or bring a picnic and enjoy it on the lawn while taking in panoramic vistas in the Gardens of the Great Basin. Picnicking is permitted on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, on Evening Island and near the Buehler Enabling Garden only on concert evenings. Complimentary carillon tours are available every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tour tickets must be acquired at the Guardian sculpture outside the English Walled Garden. Concerts are at 7 p.m. every Monday, June 9 through September 1. Concerts feature carillonneurs from all over the world, in addition to the Garden’s resident carillonneur Wylie Crawford, who is president of the World Carillon Federation. Concerts run rain or shine but may be canceled due to lightning. Visit chicagobotanic.org/carillon for more information.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, June 10, 17 and 24
From harpists to string quartets, musicians present free one-hour musical performances, allowing visitors to relax while enjoying the tranquility of summer mornings at the Chicago Botanic Garden every Tuesday morning through late August. Picnicking is not permitted during or following concert times. Hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. rain or shine. Visit chicagobotanic.org/morningmusic or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Music on the Esplanade – Tuesdays, June 10, 17 and 24
Enjoy an evening stroll through the Garden while listening to free live music on the Esplanade every Tuesday night through late August. Performances throughout the summer include everything from Spanish guitar to jazz and big band artists. Visitors are invited to purchase light fare and beverages at the concert site. Picnicking is permitted on the Esplanade only on concert evenings. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/evenings or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Dancin’ Sprouts – Wednesdays, June 11, 18 and 25
Dancin’ Sprouts features a fun evening full of free music for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s youngest visitors every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through late August. Children can get up, dance and sing during these lively evenings created just for them. Take advantage of extended hours at the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, which is open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. These evenings reflect the Garden’s role in the Chicago Wilderness consortium to “Leave No Child Inside.” Picnicking is permitted during this event on the Esplanade only. In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the McGinley Pavilion or the Regenstein Center. Visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies/dancinsprouts or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Hot Summer Nights – Thursdays, June 12, 19 and 26
Sunsets, free live music and dancing will fill every Thursday night through late August. Professional dance instructors will teach easy-to-understand mini-lessons that correspond to the music of the evening. Enjoy your favorite Garden Grille selections at concerts with Grille to Go! Purchase a reusable Chicago Botanic Garden tote bag and carry your menu selection to evening concerts throughout the summer. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Picnicking is permitted in/surrounding the McGinley Pavilion only on concert evenings. Visit chicagobotanic.org/evenings or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Summer Dinner Dance – Friday, June 13
The most beautiful summer party of the year, the Summer Dinner Dance celebrates the start of the summer season. The black-tie soirée begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner and dancing. The Chicago Botanic Garden closes at 3 p.m. on this day. Ticket prices begin at $750. Call (847) 835-6944 for tickets and information.

Father’s Day Canoe Adventure – Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15

In partnership with Friends of the Chicago River, we invite you to partake in a rare opportunity to canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Bob Kirschner, the Garden’s aquatic biologist, will paddle along and explain our nationally recognized program to restore and enhance the Garden’s miles of lakeshore. Herons, ducks, small fish and maybe even a few turtles and frogs will greet you as we explore their watery habitat. Your aquatic journey will include passing beneath the Garden's Trellis Bridge! No experience with canoeing is necessary; instruction, canoes, life jackets and paddles are all provided. There are three start times to choose from: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. The fee is $119 per canoe. Chicago Botanic Garden members pay $89 per canoe. Visit chicagobotanic.org to reserve your space or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Show of Summer – Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22
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." Visitors will find six competitive flower arrangement classes, more than 60 horticulture classes, nine photography classes and three classes for botanical jewelry and embellishment, as well as a conservation exhibition and an education exhibition in the Regenstein Center. More than 100 GCA members, representing dozens of GCA clubs around the country will compete. Exhibitions will be judged and awards presented. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sogetsu School of Illinois: Ikebana Exhibition – Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29
Visitors will be wowed as they view more than 50 ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) in this exhibition presented by the Sogetsu School of Illinois and led by sensei Yaeko Baily. Ikebana remains one of the most distinctive arts in Japanese culture. Hours are from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Free talk on the rare book exhibition Moku Hanga: the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing
This talk will be at 2 p.m. at the Lenhardt Library.

JULY

Tram Tours – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Explore the wonders of the Chicago Botanic Garden on a narrated 35-minute tram tour. The Grand Tour winds its way around the 2.3-mile perimeter of the Garden, providing visitors with the history and science of the Garden and breathtaking views of the Garden’s 385 acres. Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour four gardens on their own. The Bright Encounters Tour provides remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects and an intimate view of selected gardens of the main island. Trams run daily through October 26. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting); extended hours, until 5 p.m., are in effect June 7 through September 1. Tickets are available at the Tram Tours ticket booth in front of the Visitor Center. Trams are wheelchair accessible. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive a $1 discount off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/tram or call (847) 835-6895 for more information.

Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese and English Walled gardens – Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 5
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler, Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include the following: tools, herbs, composting, edible flowers, tomatoes, watering, container gardening and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will compare eastern-style and western-style gardening, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on the homes of warriors and aristocrats of the Middle Ages), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area and discuss the garden’s history and design.

The Hidden Beauty of Moths Exhibition – Continuing through Sunday, August 17
This exhibition in the Joutras Gallery will take an exciting, up-close look at the often-unrealized beauty of moths. Innovative artist Joseph Scheer uses a high-resolution scanner to document this mysterious beauty, capturing hard-to-see subtleties and intricacies. With a keen eye for detail, Scheer blends technology together with science and art. His larger-than-life images allow the viewer to observe a world otherwise unavailable. The show will include a variety of both rare and common moth scans with magnificent color palettes and highly detailed patterns.

Rare Book Exhibition: Moku Hanga: the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing
This exhibition continues through Sunday, August 10.

Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program – Continuing through Sunday, August 17
Join the fun with a new summer reading program! Read books and play at family drop-in activities and earn prizes. For details and to sign up, visit the Lenhardt Library in the Regenstein Center. All ages are welcome to participate.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Tour America in miniature in the Model Railroad Garden where 18 garden-scale trains run on 18 tracks past nearly 50 American landmarks. New this year is the Old Faithful Inn, a National Historic Landmark hotel located in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1903-4, it’s said to be the largest log structure in the world. In addition, look for new versions of the Corn Palace, the one-room schoolhouse and the country church. More than 5,000 plants in more than 300 different varieties create a realistic landscape around the buildings, which are made with natural materials including bark, acorns and fungi. The trains travel more than 22,000 miles each season. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; special evening hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through August 27. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, $4 for children 3-12; and free for children under 3. Garden members receive $1 off these rates. Garden Plus members and levels above receive free entry on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass costs $45; members pay $40.

Butterflies & Bloom Exhibition – Continuing through Monday, September 1

The popular exhibition returns for its third season. Visitors will be immersed in a tropical habitat full of hundreds of colorful butterflies interacting with plant life. This exhibition features butterflies from places around the world, including South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Visitors can observe butterflies and moths emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive $1 off these rates; Garden Plus members are free on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass is available for $45. Visit chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for more information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 12
More than 40 of the Chicago area’s best chefs demonstrate how to create fabulous dishes using garden-fresh produce. Demonstrations take place at the open-air amphitheater in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Visitors will be inspired to grow, cook with and eat a variety of seasonal, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. All demonstrations are free and reservations are not needed, although seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Demonstrations are at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/chef for more information.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
From harpists to string quartets, musicians present free one-hour musical performances, allowing visitors to relax while enjoying the tranquility of summer mornings at the Chicago Botanic Garden every Tuesday morning through late August. Picnicking is not permitted during or following concert times. Hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. rain or shine. Visit chicagobotanic.org/morningmusic or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Music on the Esplanade – Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Enjoy an evening stroll through the Garden while listening to free live music on the Esplanade every Tuesday night through late August. Performances throughout the summer include everything from Spanish guitar to jazz and big band artists. Visitors are invited to purchase light fare and beverages at the concert site. Picnicking is permitted on the Esplanade only on concert evenings. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/evenings or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Dancin’ Sprouts – Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Dancin’ Sprouts features a fun evening full of free music for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s youngest visitors every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through late August. Children can get up, dance and sing during these lively evenings created just for them. Take advantage of extended hours at the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, which is open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. These evenings reflect the Garden’s role in the Chicago Wilderness consortium to “Leave No Child Inside.” Picnicking is permitted during this event on the Esplanade only. In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the McGinley Pavilion or the Regenstein Center. Visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies/dancinsprouts or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Hot Summer Nights – Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Sunsets, free live music and dancing will fill every Thursday night through late August. Professional dance instructors will teach easy-to-understand mini-lessons that correspond to the music of the evening. Enjoy your favorite Garden Grille selections at concerts with Grille to Go! Purchase a reusable Chicago Botanic Garden tote bag and carry your menu selection to evening concerts throughout the summer. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Picnicking is permitted in/surrounding McGinley Pavilion only on concert evenings. Visit chicagobotanic.org/evenings or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival – Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6
The Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival returns for the fourth year. Guests can stroll the Esplanade and shop for beautiful botanic-themed art and art made from plant materials. More than 100 juried artists will display their work including photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry and much more. Artist talks and family activities will be featured. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit chicagobotanic.org or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers' Market – First and Third Sundays of the Month, through October 19
The Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local, sustainable farmers for its Farmers' Market on the first and third Sundays of the month through October 19. Vendors offer seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables and herbs beneath the elm trees on the Esplanade. Handmade pottery, jams, honey and more round out the offerings. Visitors can purchase a special "market bag" at the Garden Shop to carry all of their purchases from the market. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Carillon Concert Series – Mondays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28
Visitors are invited to enjoy a free concert featuring the beautiful sounds of the carillon on Monday evenings through early September at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Patrons can purchase dinner and a bottle of wine from the Garden Grille or bring a picnic and enjoy it on the lawn while taking in panoramic vistas in the Gardens of the Great Basin. Picnicking is permitted on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, on Evening Island and near the Buehler Enabling Garden only on concert evenings. Complimentary carillon tours are available every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tour tickets must be acquired at the Guardian sculpture outside the English Walled Garden. Concerts are at 7 p.m. every Monday through September 1. Concerts feature carillonneurs from all over the world, in addition to the Garden’s resident carillonneur Wylie Crawford, who is president of the World Carillon Federation. Concerts run rain or shine but may be canceled due to lightning. Visit chicagobotanic.org/carillon for more information.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society’s Lily Show – Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13
The Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society presents this show featuring floral arrangements in four artistic categories and a beautiful judged display of more than 100 lily blooms in different varieties. A wide variety of true lilies, which are never dormant but perennial plants arising from a bulb full of scales, will be on display. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale – Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13

The Northshore Iris & Daylily Society presents its annual show, which features more than ten arrangements and more than 50 varieties of daylilies in bloom. Iris and daylily plants will be for sale, ranging in price from $3 to $10. Sale hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The show is Sunday only. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information.

Farm Dinner Series – Wednesday, July 16
Enjoy a locally produced meal al fresco in the company of others as the Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local farmers, winemakers, breweries, distilleries and our own Green Youth Farm. Meet award-winning chef Cleetus Friedman, as well as the farmers and beverage makers, during this multicourse dinner in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. The $220 price includes cocktails, appetizers, fruit & vegetable garden tour, multicourse dinner and dessert, and talks with the chef, featured farmers and beverage companies. Hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/farmdinners to purchase tickets or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago: Show and Sale – Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20
The Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago’s show and sale features plants such as pineapples and Spanish moss, which are generally easy to grow, require little care and reward the grower with brilliant, long-lasting blooms and ornamental foliage. Society members will be on hand, and information on growing bromeliads will be provided. Various bromeliads will be for sale in Burnstein Hall. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information.

Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago: Show and Sale – Saturday, July 19 and Sunday July 20
The Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago presents this show and sale of its favorite cactus and succulents. ME4E (Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment) will also provide a free educational program geared toward children in Burnstein Hall. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information.

Herb Garden Weekend – Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27
Learn about a variety of garden herbs at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Staff and volunteers will lead programs about growing and using a variety of kitchen garden herbs. Herb discovery carts will be set up to introduce visitors to the herbs and edible flowers they can grow in their own gardens. An herbal expert will staff a display and answer herb gardening questions throughout the weekend. A number of family-friendly activities will be set up to help you learn the difference between herbs and spices, including “Sniff and Guess,” planting an herb seed and making a plant label to go with the seed, and making a dried herb mix to take home to make an herb butter. The youngest kids will have fun using cups and spoons in the “Herb Sandbox” to find dried petals and herbs in small tubs. Select vendors will offer plants and herbal products for sale. As part of the Plant Giveaway Program, visitors can take an herb seedling home (while supplies last). Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/herb_garden_weekend for more information.

Ikebana International Show – Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27
Presented by the Ikebana International Society, this show offers opportunities to learn about the mechanics and techniques of ikebana, or flower arrangement. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

AUGUST

Tram Tours – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Explore the wonders of the Chicago Botanic Garden on a narrated 35-minute tram tour. The Grand Tour winds its way around the 2.3-mile perimeter of the Garden, providing visitors with the history and science of the Garden and breathtaking views of the Garden’s 385 acres. Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour four gardens on their own. The Bright Encounters Tour provides remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects and an intimate view of selected gardens of the main island. Trams run daily through October 26. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting); extended hours, until 5 p.m., are in effect June 7 through September 1. Tickets are available at the Tram Tours ticket booth in front of the Visitor Center. Trams are wheelchair accessible. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive a $1 discount off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/tram or call (847) 835-6895 for more information.

Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese and English Walled gardens – Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 5
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler, Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include: tools, herbs, composting, edible flowers, tomatoes, watering, container gardening and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will compare eastern-style and western-style gardening, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on the homes of warriors and aristocrats of the Middle Ages), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area and discuss the garden’s history and design.

The Hidden Beauty of Moths Exhibition – Continuing through Sunday, August 17 (not displayed June 16 - 25)
This exhibition in the Joutras Gallery will take an exciting, up-close look at the often- unrealized beauty of moths. Innovative artist Joseph Scheer uses a high-resolution scanner to document this mysterious beauty, capturing hard-to-see subtleties and intricacies. With a keen eye for detail, Scheer blends technology together with science and art. His larger-than-life images allow the viewer to observe a world otherwise unavailable. The show will include a variety of both rare and common moth scans with magnificent color palettes and highly detailed patterns.

Rare Book Exhibition: Moku Hanga: the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing
This exhibition continues through Sunday, August 10.

Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program – Continuing through Sunday, August 17
Join the fun with a new summer reading program! Read books and play at family drop-in activities and earn prizes. For details and to sign up, visit the Lenhardt Library in the Regenstein Center. All ages are welcome to participate.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Tour America in miniature in the Model Railroad Garden where 18 garden-scale trains run on 18 tracks past nearly 50 American landmarks. New this year, is the Old Faithful Inn, a National Historic Landmark hotel located in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1903-4, it’s said to be the largest log structure in the world. In addition, look for new versions of the Corn Palace, the one-room schoolhouse and the country church. More than 5,000 plants in more than 300 different varieties create a realistic landscape around the buildings, which are made with natural materials including bark, acorns and fungi. The trains travel more than 22,000 miles each season. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; special evening hours run until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays June 11 through August 27. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12; free for children under 3. Garden members receive $1 off these rates. Garden Plus members and levels above receive free entry on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass costs $45; members pay $40.

Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition – Continuing through Monday, September 1
This popular exhibition returns for its third season. Visitors will be immersed in a tropical habitat full of hundreds of colorful butterflies interacting with plant life. Butterflies & Blooms features butterflies from around the world, including South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Visitors can observe butterflies and moths emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive $1 off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass is available for $45. Visit chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for more information.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 12
More than 40 of the Chicago area’s best chefs demonstrate how to create fabulous dishes using garden-fresh produce. Demonstrations take place at the open-air amphitheater in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Visitors will be inspired to grow, cook with and eat a variety of seasonal, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. All demonstrations are free and reservations are not needed, although seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Demonstrations are at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/chef for more information.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers' Market – First and Third Sundays of the Month, through October 19
The Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local, sustainable farmers for its Farmers' Market on the first and third Sundays of the month through October 19. Vendors will offer seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs beneath the elm trees on the Esplanade. Handmade pottery, honey, and more round out the offerings. Visitors can purchase a special "market bag" at the Garden Shop to carry all of their purchases from the market. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Carillon Concert Series – Mondays, August 4, 11, 18 and 25

Visitors are invited to enjoy a free concert at the Chicago Botanic Garden, featuring the beautiful sounds of the carillon on Monday evenings through early September. Patrons can purchase dinner and a bottle of wine from the Garden Grille or bring a picnic and enjoy it on the lawn while taking in panoramic vistas in the Gardens of the Great Basin. Picnicking is permitted on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, on Evening Island and near the Buehler Enabling Garden only on concert evenings. Complimentary carillon tours are available every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tour tickets must be acquired at the Guardian sculpture. Concerts are at 7 p.m. every Monday through September 1. Concerts feature carillonneurs from all over the world, in addition to the Garden’s resident carillonneur Wylie Crawford, who is president of the World Carillon Federation. Concerts run rain or shine but may be canceled due to lightning. Visit chicagobotanic.org/carillon for more information.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26
From harpists to string quartets, musicians present free one-hour musical performances, allowing visitors to relax while enjoying the tranquility of summer mornings at the Chicago Botanic Garden every Tuesday morning through late August. Picnicking is not permitted during or following concert times. Hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. rain or shine. Visit chicagobotanic.org/morningmusic or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Music on the Esplanade – Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26
Enjoy an evening stroll through the Chicago Botanic Garden while listening to free live music on the Esplanade every Tuesday night through late August. Performances throughout the summer include everything from Spanish guitar to jazz and big band artists. Visitors are invited to purchase light fare and beverages at the concert site. Picnicking is permitted on the Esplanade only on concert evenings. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/evenings or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Dancin’ Sprouts – Wednesdays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27
Dancin’ Sprouts features a fun evening full of free music for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s youngest visitors every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through late August. Children can get up, dance and sing during these lively evenings created just for them. Take advantage of extended hours at the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, which is open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. These evenings reflect the Garden’s role in the Chicago Wilderness consortium to “Leave No Child Inside.” Picnicking is permitted during this event on the Esplanade only. In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the McGinley Pavilion or the Regenstein Center. Visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies/dancinsprouts or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Hot Summer Nights – Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28
Sunsets, free live music and dancing will fill every Thursday night through late August at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Professional dance instructors will teach easy-to-understand mini-lessons that correspond to the music of the evening. Enjoy your favorite Garden Grille selections at concerts with Grille to Go! Purchase a reusable Garden tote bag, and carry your menu selection to evening concerts throughout the summer. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Picnicking is permitted in/surrounding McGinley Pavilion only on concert evenings. Visit chicagobotanic.org/evenings or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Gardeners of the North Shore Show – Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10
The Gardeners of the North Shore present this show with a judged exhibition of flowers, vegetables, herbs and houseplants. Some plants will be available for sale. All amateur gardeners are welcome to enter. Hours are from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information.

Kite Festival – Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10
Celebrate our tenth annual Kite Festival and see colorful kites decorate the sky above the meadow west of Evening Island. Members of the award-winning Chicago Fire Kite Team perform sport kite ballet and precision-flying demonstrations, and experts will offer kite-flying tips. Guests can purchase kites or bring their own. Kids are encouraged to join in the fun by making their own kites during the kite-making workshops between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Light fare will be available for purchase on the west meadow. The festival is coordinated with the help of the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as Gift of Wings. Visit chicagobotanic.org/specialevent/kite or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Farm Dinner Series – Wednesday, August 13
Enjoy a locally produced meal al fresco in the company of others as the Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local farmers, winemakers, breweries, distilleries and our own Green Youth Farm. Meet award-winning chef Cleetus Friedman, as well as the farmers and beverage makers, during this multicourse dinner in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. The $220 price includes cocktails, appetizers, fruit & vegetable garden tour, multicourse dinner and dessert, and talks with the chef, featured farmers and beverage companies. Hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/farmdinners to purchase tickets or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Rare Book Exhibition Ex Libris: Bookplates Through the Ages – Friday, August 15 through Sunday, November 9

Mid-America Bonsai Society Show & Sale – Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17
Presented by the Midwest Bonsai Society, this show draws visitors from across the United States and is often regarded as one of the top three shows of its kind in the country. Visitors can enjoy a display of 200 bonsai trees and shop more than a dozen vendors for bonsai trees and bonsai supplies. Workshops will be held throughout the weekend for bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels. Free demonstrations and lectures will be held. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show hours are from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit midwestbonsai.org for more information on workshops. Call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival – Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17
Learn about the summer festivals (matsuri) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Listen to performances of Kokyo Taiko (taiko drumming) and Chicago Koto Group (koto harp), enjoy traditional storytelling from Anne Shimojima and watch a tea ceremony by the students of Dr. Nakashima. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer—create a paper fan, make a kite and create gyotaku fish prints at family-friendly, hands-on stations. Program hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms/dropin for more information.

Focusing on Nature – Saturday, August 23 through Sunday, September 28
The Focusing on Nature exhibition features outstanding works by students and instructors in our diverse offering of photography classes at the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 22.  

Heirloom Tomato Weekend – Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24
Get new ideas about everyone’s garden favorite, tomatoes, with programs focused on growing and using heirloom varieties at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Volunteers and staff will provide tips on growing tomatoes, and seed-saving demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. Visitors will be able to tour the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, ask experts their tomato questions and shop for tomato-related items in the Wheelbarrow Shop and from select vendors. Tomato tours occur at 1 and 3 p.m. Chefs in the Garden Chef Series will cook with tomatoes at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. both days. Family activities include a tomato toss, creating an herb mix, a tomato test, “sorting supper,” “rainbows of tomatoes” and “indicator art.” Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/heirloom_tomato_weekend for more information.

Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Chicago Chapter, Show – Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24
The Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Chicago Chapter, presents this show on the Japanese art of flower arranging. Each day, there will be two flower arranging ceremonies and two tea ceremonies. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER

Tram Tours – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Explore the wonders of the Chicago Botanic Garden on a narrated 35-minute tram tour. The Grand Tour winds its way around the 2.3-mile perimeter of the Garden, providing visitors with the history and science of the Garden and breathtaking views of the Garden’s 385 acres. Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour four gardens on their own. The Bright Encounters Tour provides remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects and an intimate view of selected gardens of the main island. Trams run daily through October 26. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting); extended hours, until 5 p.m., are in effect June 7 through September 1. Tickets are available at the Tram Tours ticket booth in front of the Visitor Center. Trams are wheelchair accessible. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive a $1 discount off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/tram or call (847) 835-6895 for more information.

Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition – Continuing through Monday, September 1
This popular exhibition returns for its third season. Visitors will be immersed in a tropical habitat full of hundreds of colorful butterflies interacting with plant life. The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition features butterflies from places around the world, including South America, Asia, North America and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Visitors can observe butterflies and moths emerging through a window into the pupa emergence room. Volunteers are also on hand to answer questions. The 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure is located on the lawn of the Learning Campus. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive $1 off these rates; Garden Plus members are free on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass is available for $45. Visit chicagobotanic.org/butterflies for more information.

Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese and English Walled gardens – Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 5
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler, Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese, and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include the following: tools, herbs, composting, edible flowers, tomatoes, watering, container gardening and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will compare eastern-style and western-style gardening, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on the homes of warriors and aristocrats of the Middle Ages), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Rare Book Exhibition Ex Libris: Bookplates Through the Ages – Continuing through Sunday, November 9


Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Tour America in miniature in the Model Railroad Garden where 18 garden-scale trains run on 18 tracks past nearly 50 American landmarks. New this year is the Old Faithful Inn, a National Historic Landmark hotel located in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1903-4, it’s said to be the largest log structure in the world. In addition, look for new versions of the Corn Palace, the one-room schoolhouse and the country church. More than 5,000 plants in more than 300 different varieties create a realistic landscape around the buildings, which are made with natural materials including bark, acorns and fungi. The trains travel more than 22,000 miles each season. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12; and free for children under 3. Garden members receive $1 off these rates. Garden Plus members and levels above receive free entry on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass costs $45; members pay $40.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 12
More than 40 of the Chicago area’s best chefs demonstrate how to create fabulous dishes using garden-fresh produce at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Demonstrations take place at the open-air amphitheater in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Visitors will be inspired to grow, cook with and eat a variety of seasonal, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. All demonstrations are free and reservations are not needed, although seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Demonstrations are at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/chef for more information.

Carillon Concert Series – Monday, September 1

Visitors are invited to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the carillon on Monday evenings through early September at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Patrons can purchase dinner and a bottle of wine from the Garden Grille, or bring a picnic and enjoy it on the lawn while taking in panoramic vistas in the Gardens of the Great Basin. Picnicking is permitted on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, on Evening Island and near the Buehler Enabling Garden only on concert evenings. Complimentary carillon tours are available every 15 minutes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tour tickets must be acquired at the Guardian sculpture. Concerts are at 7 p.m. every Monday through September 1. Concerts feature carillonneurs from all over the world, in addition to the Garden’s resident carillonneur Wylie Crawford, who is president of the World Carillon Federation. Concerts run rain or shine but may be canceled due to lightning. Visit chicagobotanic.org/carillon for more information.

Farm Dinner Series – Wednesday, September 3
Enjoy a locally produced meal al fresco in the company of others as the Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local farmers, winemakers, breweries, distilleries and our own Green Youth Farm. Meet award-winning chef Cleetus Friedman, as well as the farmers and beverage makers, during this multicourse dinner in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. The $220 price includes cocktails, appetizers, a Fruit & Vegetable Garden tour, multicourse dinner and dessert and talks with the chef, featured farmers and beverage companies. Hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/farmdinners to purchase tickets or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Illinois Mycological Association’s Mushroom Show & Sale – Sunday, September 7
The Illinois Mycological Association presents this celebration of fall mushrooms. The show celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with a varied display of mushrooms foraged from area forests. Association members will be available to answer questions. The event also includes an education area for children and mushroom-related items for sale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers' Market – First and Third Sundays of the Month, through October 19
The Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local, sustainable farmers for its Farmers' Market on the first and third Sundays of the month through October 19. Vendors offer seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs beneath the elm trees on the Esplanade. Handmade pottery, honey and more round out the offerings. Visitors can purchase a special "market bag" at the Garden Shop to carry all of their purchases from the market. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 33rd Annual Roadside Flower Sale – Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14
The one-of-a-kind event displays and sells more than 300 floral arrangements and wreaths made from dried flowers, pods and grasses. The showcase at the Chicago Botanic Garden presents ideas on how to decorate and make gifts from natural materials. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Roadside Flower Sale workshops will be held from Monday, September 8 through Thursday, September 10. The workshops are free but require advance registration.

Illinois Gourd Society’s Show & Sale – Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21
The event features a display of unusual gourds, a themed display and a gourd sale. The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden will also offer workshops in conjunction with the sale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free talk on the rare book exhibition Ex Libris: Bookplates Through the Ages
Lenhardt Library, 2 p.m.

Harvest Ball – Saturday, September 20
The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts this fun and elegant party at 6 p.m. on the beautiful early fall grounds of the Garden with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction featuring domestic and international vacation packages. Ticket prices begin at $550. Table packages are available. Call (847) 835-6944 for tickets and information.

Central States Dahlia Society Show – Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28
The show, presented by society members to encourage a love of dahlias, features a judged exhibition of nearly 1,000 dahlia blooms in a dramatic range of sizes and colors. Members will be available to provide information and answer questions about dahlias. Blooms will be sold at the end of the show.

OCTOBER

Tram Tours – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Explore the wonders of the Chicago Botanic Garden on a narrated 35-minute tram tour. The Grand Tour winds its way around the 2.3-mile perimeter of the Garden, providing visitors with the history and science of the Garden and breathtaking views of the Garden’s 385 acres. Optional stops allow passengers to step off the tram to tour four gardens on their own. The Bright Encounters Tour provides remarkable facts about the Garden’s science and conservation projects and an intimate view of selected gardens of the main island. Trams run daily through October 26. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting); extended hours, until 5 p.m., are in effect June 7 through September 1. Tickets are available at the Tram Tours ticket booth in front of the Visitor Center. Trams are wheelchair accessible. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children (ages 3-12). Members receive a $1 discount off these rates; Garden Plus members and levels above are free on Wednesdays. Visit chicagobotanic.org/tram or call (847) 835-6895 for more information.

Buehler Enabling, Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese and English Walled gardens – Wednesdays through Sundays, through October 5
Volunteers stationed at discovery carts and throughout specific gardens (Buehler, Fruit & Vegetable, Malott Japanese and English Walled) offer information and hands-on experiences on a variety of topics through Discovery Programs. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, topics will include the following: tools, herbs, composting, edible flowers, tomatoes, watering, container gardening and bees. Volunteers in the Malott Japanese Garden will compare eastern-style and western-style gardening, talk about the Shoin House (which was modeled on the homes of warriors and aristocrats of the Middle Ages), explain dry garden and raking techniques, and discuss the garden’s history and design. In the Enabling Garden, volunteers will demonstrate the advantages of a universal design garden while performing maintenance tasks. The Tool Shed, a resource center staffed by volunteers who answer questions and demonstrate tools that make gardening easier for people of all abilities, will also be open. Volunteers in the English Walled Garden will compare the garden’s design in six distinct interior "rooms," identify signature plants in each area, and discuss the garden’s history and design.

Rare Book Exhibition Ex Libris: Bookplates Through the Ages – Continuing through Sunday, November 9


Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America – Continuing through Sunday, October 26
Tour America in miniature in the Model Railroad Garden where 18 garden-scale trains run on 18 tracks past nearly 50 American landmarks. New this year is the Old Faithful Inn, a National Historic Landmark hotel located in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1903-4, it’s said to be the largest log structure in the world. In addition, look for new versions of the Corn Palace, the one-room schoolhouse and the country church. More than 5,000 plants in more than 300 different varieties create a realistic landscape around the buildings, which are made with natural materials including bark, acorns and fungi. The trains travel more than 22,000 miles each season. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12; and free for children under age 3. Garden members receive $1 off these rates. Garden Plus members and levels above receive free entry on Wednesdays. A ten-visit pass costs $45; members pay $40.

Garden Chef Series – Saturdays and Sundays, through October 12
More than 40 of the Chicago area’s best chefs demonstrate how to create fabulous dishes using garden-fresh produce. Demonstrations take place at the open-air amphitheater in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Visitors will be inspired to grow, cook with and eat a variety of seasonal, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. All demonstrations are free and reservations are not needed, although seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Demonstrations are at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit chicagobotanic.org/chef for more information.

Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden – Thursday, October 2
Enjoy the fall colors and crisp autumn air in the Chicago Botanic Garden while sampling beers from a variety of craft breweries. Guests will check in at McGinley Pavilion and receive a wristband, tasting glass and tasting sheet to guide them through the various samples available. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Light fare and beer by the bottle will be available for purchase. Attendees must be 21 or older and must provide a valid ID at check-in. Visit chicagobotanic.org/beer to purchase tickets or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Drawn from Nature – Saturday, October 4 through Sunday, October 19
The Drawn from Nature exhibition features students and instructors of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Come enjoy vibrant landscape scenes, delicate watercolors, intricate pen and ink studies, amazing pastels and much more.

Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers' Market – First and Third Sundays of the Month, through October 19

The Chicago Botanic Garden brings together local, sustainable farmers for its Farmers' Market on the first and third Sundays of the month through October 19. Vendors offer seasonal products such as fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs beneath the elm trees on the Esplanade. Handmade pottery, honey and more round out the offerings. Visitors can purchase a special "market bag" at the Garden Shop to carry all of their purchases from the market. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall Bulb Festival – Saturday, October 11 through Sunday, October 12
Celebrate the change of seasons by sipping cider, shopping in an autumn market and planning your fall bulb planting! The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society sponsors this annual event featuring more than 200 varieties of daffodils, tulips and other specialty bulbs. The bulbs are shipped directly from Holland just in time for planting. Mums, asters, peonies, potted amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus, as well as bulb fertilizer, will also be for sale. Garden horticulturists and staff will offer tips and demonstrations on bulb selection and planting. On the Esplanade, a variety of vendors will be selling handmade pottery, baked goods, honey, kettle corn, roasted nuts, mushrooms, fresh produce and much more. Families with children can enjoy a straw bale maze and drop-in activities. A beautiful gourd display provides a great photo opportunity and live music adds to the festive atmosphere. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Chicago Botanic Garden members can shop the bulb sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 10. Visit chicagobotanic.org/bulb beginning in September to download the catalog, which gives detailed information on bulbs available at the sale.

Sukkot Family Activities – Sunday, October 12

Families can celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday, Sukkot, and help decorate the sukkah with handmade decorations. The sukkah, a branch-covered booth, also features fall fruits and vegetables, including dried corn, squash and gourds. Activities will be sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sukkah will be on display October 9 through 15 in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar/sukkah or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Illinois Orchid Society Fall Orchid Show & Sale – Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12
The show will feature artistically arranged tabletop displays of orchids, ranging from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids. American Orchid Society judges will give red, white and blue ribbons to orchids in 128 classes. Twenty-five entries will receive “best of class” green ribbons and the plant deemed “best of show” will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Midwest Fruit Explorers’ Show and Sale – Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19
The exhibition features displays of freshly harvested fruit grown by area members of Midwest Fruit Explorers. Apple cider press demonstrations and tastings will also be offered. Apples, ciders and more will be available for sale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will take place alongside the Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale and the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Bulb Sale.

Midwest Daffodil Society’s Bulb Sale – Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19
Hundreds of daffodils will be available for sale, including unusual varieties and those with proven color, hardiness and stability. Daffodil enthusiasts will be on hand to offer expert advice. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will take place alongside the Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale and the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Bulb Sale.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Bulb Sale – Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19
A wide variety of lily bulbs will be available for sale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will take place alongside the Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale and the Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale.

Trains, Tricks & Treats – Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19
Celebrate Halloween in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, decorated with spiderwebs, spiders, ghosts, goblins and pumpkins, as well as seasonal plant materials. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume. An array of small treats and treasures to take home can be found throughout the Model Railroad Garden. Kids can take part in a planting activity. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3-12. Members save $1 off each ticket. Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/trains_tricks_treatsfor more information.

Spooky Pooch Parade – Saturday, October 18
The Chicago Botanic Garden is going to the dogs! For two hours only, cleverly costumed canines march a parade route to celebrate Halloween. Activities include a costume contest, judging and an awards ceremony. Nonprofit animal advocacy groups and local vendors will share information and sell dog-related products. Registration forms, complete with the dog-gone rules, will be available in the Visitor Center, or on the web at chicagobotanic.org/dog. Parade spectators are welcome—no ticket needed. The fee is $19 in advance or $25 on October 18. Chicago Botanic Garden members receive $5 off these rates. Regular parking fees apply. Event is held rain or shine.

HallowFest – Saturday, October 25 through Sunday, October 26
Celebrate Halloween if you dare at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s HallowFest: A Garden of Good…and Evil. Take either the "friendly" or "spooky" path to activities in  the Regenstein Center and the McGinley Pavilion. Experience family-friendly thrills and chills, including two stages of entertainment, fortune telling, face painting, a spooky snack shack and a ride on the “Howlin’ Express.” As night falls, walk through the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, decorated in ghastly lights and running special ghost trains. Hours are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on October 25 and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on October 26. The fee is $19 in advance; $22 on the day-of. Chicago Botanic Garden members receive $5 off these rates. Regular parking fees apply. Visit chicagobotanic.org/hallowfest or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

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