2014 Calendar of Events: January through April

Julie McCaffrey

(847) 835-8213, direct

jmccaffrey@chicagobotanic.org

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Release Date: 
Monday, November 11, 2013


JANUARY

Wonderland Express – Through Sunday, January 5
The Chicago Botanic Garden transforms into a winter wonderland with exquisite holiday displays featuring more than 750,000 LED lights that illuminate the Garden, starting at the main entrance and leading to the exhibition inside the Regenstein Center. Garden-scale trains will wind their way over bridges and through tunnels, past waterfalls and more than 80 miniature versions of Chicago landmarks, including the new addition of the Como Inn, a 77-year-old tradition in Chicago. Buildings are handcrafted with natural materials like twigs, bark, acorns, leaves and pebbles in the 10,000-square-foot exhibition. In addition, the Greenhouses are decked out with lush topiaries, poinsettias and orchids, and walls inside the Regenstein Center are adorned with wreaths decorated by Garden staff. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; fee applies. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland  for early closings, more information and to purchase tickets.

Rare Book Exhibition: Healing Plants: Illustrated Herbals – Through Sunday, February 9
Located in the Lenhardt Library and the Joutras Gallery in the Regenstein Center. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Winter Break Camp– Thursday & Friday, January 2 & 3
Winter Break Camp is an opportunity for children in grades K-2 and 3-5 to engage in exciting indoor and outdoor activities while exploring the Garden as it takes a long winter’s nap! Children will participate in high-quality learning activities with certified teachers who use inquiry-based, hands-on activities. A Ravinia musician will provide campers with activities for developing their creative expression. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $72 per day; Garden Plus members receive 20 percent off; preregistration required. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/winterbreakcamp for more information.

Little Diggers – Select Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays, January 9 – April 12
Learn about flowers, discover animals, experience the changing seasons and more! These four-class series for children ages 2 to 4 and caregivers meet mornings, once a month. Each program includes group activities, time for free play and a planting project. Programs run 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The fee is $75 nonmember per child. Garden Plus members receive a 20 percent discount. Registration is required in advance. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/littlediggers or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Story Time in the Lenhardt Library – Mondays, January 13 – May 19
Stop by the Lenhardt Library on Monday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. for nature-themed stories and hands-on activities. Geared towards children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate – Saturday, January 18
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 www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

School Day-Off Camp – Monday, January 20
Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; preregistration required; fee applies.

Three Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show– Friday – Sunday, January 24 – 26
The Three Friends of Winter is a silhouette bonsai show, featuring trees that are in their dormant phase, which highlights their branch structure. The Three Friends of Winter (pine, plum and bamboo) endure the cold weather and are Japanese symbols of flourishing under adverse conditions. Each bonsai will be exhibited with an appropriate accent object such as suiseki, incense burner, statuary or pottery. A Japanese garden is incorporated into the show. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; family activities on Saturday and Sunday. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/three_friends_winter_family_activities for more information.

Tu B’Shevat Family Activities – Sunday, January 26
Tu B’Shevat celebrates the importance of trees to all living things, from being things of beauty to playing a vital role in the planet’s ecosystem. A variety of fun activities focus on the joy trees bring to the world from 1 to 4 p.m. on January 26. Visitors can make an art project from recycled materials, plant parsley, explore a worm compost bin, create a leaf rubbing, enjoy a reading corner filled with books and look at displays about Tu B’Shevat. Activities sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section. Visit www.ncjwcns.org for more information.

Special Notice: Monday, January 27 – Monday, February 10
During this time, visitors will have limited access to the Greenhouses due to preparation for the Orchid Show.

FEBRUARY

Rare Book Exhibition: Healing Plants: Illustrated Herbals – Through Sunday, February 9
This exhibition is located in the Lenhardt Library and the Joutras Gallery in the Regenstein Center. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate – Sunday, February 1
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 www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Story Time in the 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. Geared toward children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Scout Seasonal Workshop: Valentine’s Day – Saturday, February 8
Hours are from 12:45 to 3 p.m.; preregistration required; fee applies.

Special Closing – Monday – Friday, February 10 – 14
The Greenhouses and Greenhouse Gallery are closed in preparation for the Orchid Show.

NEW! The Orchid Show Opening Night – Friday, February 14
Be the first to experience an infusion of warmth and color at the Orchid Show. This event is open to Garden members at the Director’s Circle level or above. Hours are from 5 to 7 p.m.; ticket required; fee applies. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid for more information.

NEW! The Orchid Show – Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, March 16
For the first time, the Orchid Show will provide an infusion of warmth and color to guests visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden this winter. The event will run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Regenstein Center. Visitors will enter the exhibition through an orchid-and-palm allée in Nichols Hall, then view a large orchid tree surrounded by other orchid displays in the Joutras Gallery. The Greenhouses will be filled with orchids on trees, in the ground and suspended on hanging structures. The effect will give visitors the feeling of being surrounded by colorful, fragrant blooms. Guests can also wind their way through orchid columns in the Greenhouse Gallery as they read about orchid conservation efforts. Experts from the Illinois Orchid Society will be on hand each weekend to answer visitors’ questions. They will also host an Orchid Marketplace. Advance tickets are available starting November 2013 online or in person at the Visitor Center. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and senior citizens ages 62 and older. Children ages 2 and under are free with an adult. Garden members receive $2 off each ticket. Tickets for the weekends and holidays are timed. Regular parking fees apply. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid for more information.

Rare Book Exhibition: Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print – Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, May 11
The 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 Sunday, until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Weekend Family Class: Homemade Ice Cream – Sunday, February 16
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 www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, February 18 through March 11
Relax while you enjoy free one-hour musical performances featuring contemporary classical to Native American flutes in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Performances are every Tuesday morning from February 18 through March 11. Hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/morningmusic or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

“Stories from the Rare Book Collection” with rare book curator Ed Valauskas – Saturday, February 22
Hours are from 10 to 11 a.m.; register online or call (847) 835-8261; the fee is $19, and members receive a 20 percent discount. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Seed Swap Lecture: “Heirloom Everything: From Seed to Seed” – Sunday, February 23
Take part in a free lecture at 2 p.m. Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, an artisan seed company and heirloom seed farm, highlights America’s gardening heritage through images from the Seed Library’s collection of antique and vintage seed catalogs and seed packs. He’ll suggest easy-to-grow heirlooms for home gardeners and describe simple seed-saving techniques used on his farm that gardeners can use at home. Preregistration is required; visit www.chicagobotanic.org to register.

Seed Swap – Sunday, February 23
Gardeners are invited to bring saved or leftover vegetable, flower and herb seed packets to share and swap with other gardeners. Beginners are welcome to participate, even without seeds. Ongoing demonstrations will feature starting seeds indoors, germination testing and seed saving. Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers and staff will share their favorite and recommended varieties for Chicago gardens. Hours are from 3 to 5 p.m.

Members-only Night at the Orchid Show – Wednesday, February 26
Join us for an evening exclusively for members, and be surrounded by orchids as you enjoy entertainment, light refreshments and a cash bar. Extended hours for members are from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; ticket fee applies.

MARCH

NEW! The Orchid Show – Through March 16
For the first time, the Orchid Show will provide an infusion of warmth and color to guests visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden this winter. The event will run daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Regenstein Center. Visitors will enter the exhibition through an orchid-and-palm allée in Nichols Hall, then view a large orchid tree surrounded by other orchid displays in the Joutras Gallery. The Greenhouses will be filled with orchids on trees, in the ground and suspended on hanging structures. The effect will give visitors the feeling of being surrounded by colorful, fragrant blooms. Guests can also wind their way through orchid columns in the Greenhouse Gallery as they read about orchid conservation efforts. Experts from the Illinois Orchid Society will be on hand each weekend to answer visitors’ questions. They will also host an Orchid Marketplace. Advance tickets are available starting November 2013 online or in person at the Visitor Center. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for children ages 3 to 12, and senior citizens ages 62 and older. Children ages 2 and under are free with an adult. Garden members receive $2 off each ticket. Tickets for the weekends and holidays are timed. Regular parking fees apply. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid for more information.

Rare Book Exhibition: Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print – Through May 11
The 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 Sunday through March 16 and until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. After March 16, the library resumes normal hours. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Weekend Family Class: Homemade Ice Cream – Saturday, March 1
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 www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Story Time in the 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. Geared towards children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Tuesday Morning Music – Tuesdays, March 4 & 11
Relax while you enjoy free one-hour musical performances featuring contemporary classical to Native American flutes in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Performances are every Tuesday morning from February 18 through March 11. Hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/morningmusic or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

ScreenBreak Family Activities – Wednesday & Friday, March 5 & 7
Stop by the Lenhardt Library for nature-themed stories and activities from 10 to 11 a.m. for children ages 2 to 5 accompanied by an adult. The Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood began TV Tune-Out in 1995 to encourage families to turn off the television for a whole week and explore other options. In 2012, the Alliance changed the name to ScreenBreak to encourage children to turn off all devices with screens, including computer, video games and cellphones, in addition to TV. Normal parking fees apply, unless families with children show a ScreenBreak button, wristband or card. Those families will receive free parking during the week of March 2 to 8.

Illinois Orchid Show & Sale– Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9
The Illinois Orchid Society presents its annual Spring Show and Sale. Individual orchids in 128 classes will be judged and the best will be given red, white and blue ribbons. Twenty-five entries will receive “best of class” green ribbons, and the best plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award. Children can also get in on the fun with special orchid activities geared just to them. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/plantshows or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Library Talk: “Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print” – Sunday, March 9
Hours are from 2 to 3 p.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Evening with the Orchids – Thursday, March 13
Join us for an evening among the orchids as you sample unique cocktails and more at our tasting event. Hours are from 6 to 8 p.m.; ticket fee applies. Light fare and beverages by the glass will be available for purchase.

Chicago Botanic Garden at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show – Saturday, March 15 – Sunday, March 23
Chicago Botanic Garden staff and volunteers will be among the resources at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show presented at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Garden members with proof of membership receive $4 off adult tickets when purchased at the Navy Pier Box Office. Visit www.chicagoflower.com for more information.

NEW! Weekend Family Class: Tropical Terrarium – Sunday, March 16
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 www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Members-Only Post-Orchid Show Sale– Wednesday, March 19
Purchase an exquisite orchid from the exhibition at the post-show reduced price sale. Event is for Chicago Botanic Garden members only. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Post-Orchid Show Sale – Thursday – Saturday, March 20 – 22
Purchase an exquisite orchid from the exhibition at the post-show reduced price sale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last; open to the public.

Exhibition: Nature in View – Saturday, March 22 – Saturday, April 6
For more than 30 years, the Garden Photographic Society has gathered at the Chicago Botanic Garden to pursue its passion for the art of photography, appreciating the Garden as an ideal place to perfect its craft. This exhibition in the Joutras Gallery features astounding photographs of the natural world.

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend – Saturday & 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 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. Visit  www.chicagobotanic.org/forfamiliesor call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

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 www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society Show and Sale – Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30
The annual Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society show features approximately 50 exhibits of 20 types of gesneriads. Visitors can learn about the types of gesneriads, gesneriad propagation and 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; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information.

Spring Break Camp – Monday – Friday, March 31 – April 4
Children can enjoy outdoor activities while exploring the beginning blooms of the Garden. Children in 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. Cost is $72 per child, per day. Garden Plus members receive 20 percent off. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/springbreakcamp to register or call (847) 835-5440.

APRIL

Story Time in the 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. Geared towards children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Rare Book Exhibition: Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Prints – Through May 11
The Lenhardt Library will display volumes from its rare book collection in an exhibition called Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Prints. 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, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/library/exhibits for more information.

Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs – Saturday, April 6
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 www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.

Antiques & Garden Fair – Friday – Sunday, April 11 – 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 tents over the Esplanade, Krasberg Rose Garden, and Searle and Runnells Courtyards of the Regenstein Center. 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 in February online at www.chicagobotanic.org/antiques or in person at the Visitor Center. 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 is available for $135. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price. All lecture ticket purchases include a three-day Fair pass. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/antiques 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, gracious living expert, tastemaker, author of Soiree Entertaining with Style, and passionate gardener and cook, 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 is available for $135. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price. All lecture ticket purchases include a three-day Fair pass. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/antiques for more information.

Moth Exhibition – Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, August 17
This exhibition in the Joutras Gallery will take an exciting, up-close look at the often-unrealized beauty of moths. Artist Joseph Scheer uses a flatbed scanner to document this mysterious beauty; the resulting larger-than-life prints are absolutely stunning. The show includes high-resolution scans of rare and common moths that show magnificent color palettes and highly detailed patterns.

Easter Egg Brunch – Sunday, April 20
Celebrate Easter with a day of fun at Chicago Botanic Garden. Enjoy a buffet meal and activities for the whole family. Bring your Easter basket and hop over to the Rose Garden lawn after brunch for the Easter Egg Dash. Participants will also have the chance to pot their own spring plant in Burnstein Hall. Watch the plant grow at home as the weather turns warm and then plant it in your own garden! Tickets include buffet meal, egg dash, plant potting and parking. A cash bar will be available. Tickets cost $38 for adults; $29 for children 3-12. Member tickets are discounted $5 each. Two seatings are available: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/easter_brunch or call (847) 835-5440 for more information.

Earth Day Walk to McDonald Woods – Saturday, April 26
Celebrate Earth Day with a free spring walk at 1 p.m. to the Garden’s McDonald Woods—a 100-acre oak woodland that is being restored to its presettlement condition. Learn about the restoration efforts taking place and see a variety of spring wildflowers.

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