GLENCOE, Ill. (January 27, 2015)—Families can enjoy a wide range of nature-themed classes and activities this winter and spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Many programs are free and open to the public, while others require fees and registration. See below for listings and descriptions, including Monday morning story time, weekend family classes, camps, scout workshops and more:
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 23, 2015) – A $67,000 digital imaging grant from the Illinois State Library will enable the Lenhardt Library to share historically significant documents with a wider number of scholars, gardening enthusiasts and members of the general public. The Chicago Botanic Garden library is one of 13 statewide to receive a total of $485,779 in grants for preserving and providing web access to historical collections.
GLENCOE, IL (Jan. 21, 2015) – Proving that good design transforms any space, the Chicago Botanic Garden has rejuvenated the previous Antiques & Garden Fair into the Antiques, Garden & Design Show for spring 2015. Celebrating its 15th year, the Show inspires stylish living and presents beautiful gardens and objects in a way that transcends the ordinary.
GLENCOE, IL (January 13, 2015) – Visitors to the 2015 Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden will encounter an exotic bloom that has a place in most kitchens. Vanilla, the world’s most popular flavoring, comes from Vanilla planifolia, the only orchid of roughly 30,000 known species to have agricultural value. The show will trace the history of vanilla from its origins with the Totonaco people of Mexico, and depict the vanilla-making process from blossom to bottle.
GLENCOE, IL (January 5, 2015) – Expanded programs and amenities, and people’s growing need to engage with nature, attracted a record number of visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden in 2014. Attendance reached 1,058,000, an increase of 6 percent over 2013, the first year the Garden surpassed the one-million-visit benchmark. Attendance has increased by 52 percent since 2005, when the Garden closed the year at 697,000 visits, with steady gains since 2008.
GLENCOE, IL (December 11, 2014) – Rainwater management, cumulative stress problems, corresponding color schemes, new compact hybrids and heightened concern for butterflies, birds and bees will define home gardening in 2015, according to experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (December 9, 2014) – The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society raised $250,000 at its ninth annual All Aboard! celebration on December 4, 2014. Proceeds will support fellowships for the plant biology and conservation graduate program, a collaboration between the Garden and Northwestern University.
- “The Chicago Botanic Garden is joining #GivingTuesday to strengthen the culture of giving during the busy holiday season,” said Anne Boynton, director of membership and annual giving. “The social media initiative helps us focus on community, and incorporate kindness and compassion into our seasonal celebrations.”
- #GivingTuesday is a global social media movement that celebrates generosity and designates a day to give during the busy holiday shopping season. The third annual #GivingTuesday culminates on Tuesday, Dec.
GLENCOE, IL (October 30, 2014) – The Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society presents its ninth annual All Aboard! celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014. This year’s theme “Aurora Borealis” conjures the excitement of a cold, clear night ablaze with swirling colors of gold, violet, rose, purple and green. Co-chaired by Ann Balusek and Glo Rolighed, both of Winnetka, the event begins with cocktails served amid Wonderland Express.
GLENCOE, IL (October 28, 2014)– Norman Wickett, Ph.D., a conservation scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, is co-leading an international team of researchers in an unprecedented effort to reveal details about the origin and evolution of land plants. The team’s findings are scheduled for publication this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More than 40 researchers on four continents are collaborating on the analysis, the largest applied to this problem to date.
The USDA has confirmed that Emerald Ash Borer larvae have been found on white fringetrees (Chionanthus virginicus) in Ohio. The discovery marks the first time the invasive insect has been found to complete its life cycle on a tree other than an ash, and has potentially significant implications, according to experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Researchers have been wondering for years what the highly invasive EAB would do once it had depleted its primary host, the ash tree, according to Tom Tiddens, supervisor of plant healthcare at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (October 24, 2014) – Detailed stippled engravings by Belgian painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté, a favorite of French Queen Marie-Antoinette known for his stunning and detailed watercolors, will be displayed in the latest rare book exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition, Succulents: Featuring Redouté Masterpieces, runs from Friday, November 14, 2014, through Sunday, February 8, 2015, in the Lenhardt Library.
GLENCOE, IL (October 20, 2014) – Festive outdoor lighting signals the return of the Wonderland Express, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s winter holiday celebration running from November 28, 2014, through January 4, 2015.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Oct. 9, 2014) – Proving that good design transforms any space, the Chicago Botanic Garden has rejuvenated the previous Antiques & Garden Fair into the Antiques, Garden & Design Show for Spring 2015. Celebrating its 15th year, the show inspires stylish living and presents beautiful gardens and objects in a way that transcends the ordinary.
GLENCOE, IL (Sept. 24, 2014) – The 16th annual Harvest Ball was held recently on the beautiful early fall grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden, raising $375,000 for the Garden’s new Children’s Learning Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (September 23, 2014) – Have you loved an heirloom quilt to threads, and wish you could make a new one for future generations? Do you sit in awe of the people you see happily knitting on the train? Are your fingers itching to embroider flowers along the hem of an old pair of jeans? You may be channeling that age-old creative force that compels people to make things with their hands and express themselves through craftwork.
GLENCOE, IL (August 29, 2014) – Why settle for a dozen roses when you and your Valentine can enjoy more than 10,000 tropical blooms at the Orchid Show, opening February 14, 2015, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The show runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, March 15, returning for a second year after exceeding expectations for interest and attendance in 2014.
GLENCOE, IL (August 29, 2014)—Three family favorites—Spooky Pooch Parade, HallowFest, and Trains, Tricks & Treats—will bring mischief and magic back to the Chicago Botanic Garden this Halloween season.
GLENCOE, IL (August 27, 2014) —Internationally renowned sculptor DJ Garrity comes to the Chicago Botanic Garden this fall to lead a garden sculpture workshop based on his book, The Rhythms of Stone—The Essential Guide to Carving the Face in Stone. Garrity developed the workshop while a sculptor-in-residence at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Participants will explore a range of techniques as they carve a face from a rough block of limestone, an experience Garrity describes as “meditative.”
GLENCOE, Ill. (August 22, 2014) – The Chicago Botanic Garden will open the North Branch Trail addition, a wonderful multiuse path connecting the North Branch Trail with the Green Bay Trail at the Braeside Metra Station in Highland Park, on September 13.
The opening celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. The official “ribbon cutting” will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the end point of the trail at the Chicago Botanic Garden, across from the entrance to McDonald Woods. The dedication event is generously supported by NorthShore University HealthSystems.
GLENCOE, Ill. (August 19, 2014) – The Chicago Botanic Garden received a $750,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2012 to begin a three-year project to support the expansion of urban agriculture activities in Chicago’s South Side and West Side food desert neighborhoods. In the second year of the grant, four incubator sites have been established.
GLENCOE, IL (August 18, 2014) – Learn more about one of the earliest materials used by humans at the Illinois Gourd Society Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21.
GLENCOE, IL (August 14, 2014) – Mushrooms freshly foraged from area forests will be on display at the Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (August 15, 2014) – The Roadside Flower Sale, a popular annual fund-raising tradition at the Chicago Botanic Garden, transforms dried flowers, sheaves of ornamental grasses, lotus pods, driftwood and other interesting plant materials into beautiful, long-lasting displays.
GLENCOE, IL (August 12, 2014) – Decorative illustrations on the inside front cover of books, known as bookplates, have been used around the world for centuries to declare ownership of book collections. A new rare book exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden explores these intricate works of art from personal and institutional libraries as well as from a private collection. The display, Ex Libris: Bookplates Through the Ages, runs from Friday, August 15, through Sunday, November 9, 2014, in the Lenhardt Library.
GLENCOE, IL (July 31, 2014) – Heirloom Tomato Weekend celebrates a rich gardening heritage and salutes a new generation of growers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, 2014, at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (July 30, 2014) – Wonderland Express brings its seasonal charm and holiday magic back to the Chicago Botanic Garden from November 28, 2014, through January 4, 2015. Sparkling outdoor lights, evergreens and blooms, an indoor model train exhibition and special events make Wonderland Express a beloved Chicago holiday tradition for visitors of all ages and interests.
GLENCOE, IL (July 21, 2014) – Colorful kites will decorate the sky at the tenth annual Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The popular summer event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, in the meadow west of Evening Island. Bring the family for a full day of outdoor fun and take advantage of the only opportunity to fly kites at the Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (July 21, 2014) – The Fall Bulb Festival provides seasonal family fun on the Esplanade and an extraordinary selection of more than 200 types of bulbs, ranging from the most popular daffodils to new and unusual varieties of hyacinth, tulips and more. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, through Sunday, October 12, 2014. The bulb sale begins on Friday with special preview shopping for Garden members only, and is open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday.
GLENCOE, IL (July 8, 2014) – Rosemary Hart, of Chicago, received the Barbara Whitney Carr Excellence in Leadership Award at a recent reception acknowledging the ongoing dedication and support of more than 2,000 volunteers at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The award was launched in 2007 to pay tribute to the retiring CEO and highlights the innovation of one dedicated volunteer.
GLENCOE, IL (July 8, 2014) –Rhoda Muchmore, of Highland Park, was awarded the Five Star Customer Service Award at a recent reception at the Chicago Botanic Garden acknowledging the ongoing dedication and support of more than 2,000 volunteers. Muchmore is known for consistently going above and beyond to provide spectacular customer service to Garden visitors.
GLENCOE, IL (July 8, 2014) – Rodger McDowall, of Hoffman Estates, was named the 2013 Chicago Botanic Garden Volunteer of the Year at a recent awards reception acknowledging the ongoing dedication and support of more than 2,000 volunteers. The award, launched in 1984, recognizes the spirit of volunteering by focusing attention on the contributions given by all volunteers as well as honors one volunteer for his or her outstanding service.
GLENCOE, IL (July 1, 2014) –The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden presents the 16th Annual Harvest Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, on the beautiful early fall grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Guests for the black-tie garden party will be greeted with Moët & Chandon champagne as they walk through the Heritage Garden to a cocktail reception and silent auction in McGinley Pavilion.
GLENCOE, IL (July 1, 2014) – Celebrate the best in midwestern foods with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Farm Dinner series—enlightening evenings graciously staged in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (June 30, 2014) – Whether you’re an herb enthusiast or still learning the difference between a herb and a spice, you’ll likely discover something new at Herb Garden Weekend, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (June 26, 2014) – Volunteers with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plants of Concern—a citizen-science corps in its 14th year of monitoring rare flora—recently prevented the shadbush from disappearing from a preserve in western Cook County. The shrub, native to woodland stream banks, is named for its pretty white flower, which blooms at the time the shad return to their spawning grounds. Habitat loss and degradation threaten the survival of shadbush in Illinois, and by 2011 the preserve’s population was reduced to a single plant.
GLENCOE, IL (June 24, 2014) —The Chicago Botanic Garden’s photography students will proudly display their captivating work from Saturday, August 23, to Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Joutras Gallery in the Regenstein Center. The juried show, titled Focusing on Nature: Fourth Annual Student Botanical Photography Exhibition, will feature photographs by current students as well as instructors of the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. An opening reception will take place Friday, August 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. to kickoff the exhibition.
GLENCOE, IL (June 23, 2014) – More than 325 guests recently celebrated the beginning of the summer party season at the Summer Dinner Dance at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The black-tie soiree began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the Esplanade, followed by an intimate dinner dance in an elegant pavilion. One of the most talked-about events on the North Shore and in the Chicago area, the 2014 Summer Dinner Dance raised $425,000 for the Garden’s science and education programs.
GLENCOE, IL (June 18, 2014) – A celebration of Japanese gardening and cultural traditions will take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden during the third weekend in August. The Midwest Bonsai Society will present one of the nation’s largest bonsai exhibitions beginning Friday, August 15, and continuing through Sunday, August 17. The exhibition overlaps with the popular Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival, a family-oriented event providing a range of cultural demonstrations and craft projects.
GLENCOE, IL (June 18, 2014)— The Summer Family Fun Pack offers savings of up to 40 percent on two popular seasonal attractions, Butterflies & Blooms and the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. The $50 package includes parking and is valid through September 1, 2014. The offer can be purchased online at chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies/staycation.
GLENCOE, IL (June 9, 2014) – Pardon our appearance as we build a scenic and safe multiuse trail along Lake Cook Road to improve access for visitors who come to the Chicago Botanic Garden by train, bicycle, stroller, foot and wheelchair. The trail will link two popular north-south routes, the Green Bay and North Branch trails, and also provide a safe pathway for visitors arriving at the Braeside Metra station in Highland Park.
GLENCOE, IL (May 27, 2014) – 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" on June 21 and 22 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors will enjoy plant and flower displays with the highest standards of artistic and horticultural excellence. One of the main purposes of the show is to educate visitors about horticulture, flower arranging and conservation.
GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014) – The crowd-pleasing Garden Chef Series returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden on May 24 for another growing season full of cooking demonstrations by noted area chefs using the freshest fruits, herbs and vegetables. The free events take place at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through October 12 in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Amphitheater seating, surrounded by lush garden beds, affords a pleasant view of the open-air kitchen. Seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014) – The most beautiful summer party of the year, the Summer Dinner Dance celebrates the start of the summer season on Friday, June 13 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The black-tie soiree begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the Esplanade, followed by an intimate dinner dance in an elegant pavilion. One of the most talked-about events on the North Shore and in the Chicago area, the 2014 Summer Dinner Dance benefits the Garden and supports its wide-ranging, high-impact programs.
GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014) – Sample wines from around the world while enjoying the idyllic backdrop of McGinley Pavilion at Grapevines & Wines on Thursday, May 22. Visitors can sample more than 50 different varieties and indulge their senses with a wide range of bouquets. Included among the wineries are new micro-wineries that haven’t launched yet.
GLENCOE, IL (May 12, 2014) – Butterflies & Blooms returns for its third season on May 24. 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. 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.
GLENCOE, IL. (May 8, 2014) – The newly renovated and named Garden View Café recently opened at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It offers an enhanced menu of the best of local, fresh seasonal foods, restaurant-style seating, a barista and pastry station and flatbreads cooked in a brick pizza oven.
GLENCOE, IL (May 7, 2014) – The Chicago Botanic Garden will offer seven special Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Family Sundays during the summer to help visitors of all ages gain an understanding of Japanese gardens and culture. Fun, family-friendly activities, such as trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy, will engage visitors and encourage a hands-on exploration of unique aspects of life in Japan. Each Sunday will also feature a different take-home project, such as an origami cup and ball, samurai hat, paper fan or fish print.
GLENCOE, IL (May 6, 2014) – The summer season brings a full schedule of free, live outdoor concerts for all tastes and ages to the Chicago Botanic Garden beginning June 9 and continuing through September 1. The Summer Evenings series offers visitors diverse types of music Monday through Thursday evenings, while our popular Tuesday morning music series moves outdoors to take advantage of the warm weather.
GLENCOE, IL (April 30, 2014)—It’s not too late to restore the awe-inspiring migration of the monarch butterfly, which used to fly north by the hundreds of millions to spend summers throughout the Upper Midwest and Canada, say members of the Alliance for Milkweed and Butterfly Recovery.
Learn more about the coalition’s work—and steps you can take to support the iconic butterfly—at a special “Make Way for Monarchs” event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (April 29, 2014) – A panel of experts led by Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, will present the latest information on climate change and its implications for Chicago-area residents during a keynote presentation on World Environment Day, Saturday, June 7, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (April 24, 2014) – The long, rectangular shape of the Japanese kimono serves as a canvas that has inspired artists and fashion designers for centuries. A new rare book exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden explores the history of kimono design through hand-printed books of kimono patterns. The display, Moku Hanga: the Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing, runs from May 16 through August 10, 2014, in the Lenhardt Library.
GLENCOE, IL (April 23, 2014) – Bold, beautiful images of blossoms and moths – the works of acclaimed artists Paul Lange and Joseph Scheer – are providing visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden rare insights into the wonders of nature. Lange’s “Big Blooms” series will be exhibited at the Krehbiel Gallery through Sunday, June 15, while Scheer’s innovative moth prints can be seen in the Joutras Gallery through Sunday, August 17.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 21, 2014) – More than 700 guests reconnected with friends, enjoyed early shopping privileges, and sampled organic wines and exquisite food at a special Preview Evening for the 14th Antiques & Garden Fair, spring’s first party at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 18, 2014) – The Chicago Botanic Garden is launching a summer reading and nature program to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) proficiency and help children of all ages maintain literacy and critical thinking skills over the long school break. Families can sign up for the Summer Nature Explorer: Reading and Activity Program at the Lenhardt Library beginning Saturday, May 31. The program is free and continues through Sunday, August 17.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 9, 2014) –The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival provides a weekend of special activities, performances and demonstrations focusing on traditional celebrations for the young. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, at the McGinley Pavilion. Admission is free, though parking fees apply to nonmembers.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 4, 2014) - The American Flower Show Series, a growing national horticultural program, brings together amateur and expert gardeners and educators through exhibits and programs that focus on America’s favorite flower groups. Visitors can discover the best plant varieties to grow in their own home gardens, see the “Best of Show” plants on display, learn about plant diversity at its finest, buy plants to take home and have their questions answered by the Midwest's leading plant enthusiasts and experts.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 3, 2014) – The Farmers’ Market returns on Sunday, May 4, for the 2014 season. The festive and friendly event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the Esplanade, arguably the most beautiful venue for an outdoor marketplace in the Chicago area. Featuring seasonal produce, artisanal cheese, award-winning jams, free-range meats, local honey, handcrafted serving pieces and more, the market will continue on the first and third Sunday of the month through October 19.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 2, 2014) – Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, an outdoor exhibition beloved by kids of all ages, will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, May 10. The masterfully crafted and magical exhibition offers a garden-scale train tour of iconic national monuments such as Mt. Rushmore and the White House. New this year will be the historic Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park.
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 1, 2014) – Four native ecosystems and themed display gardens create an ideal environment for Camp CBG, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s signature summer day camp for children from 2 to 15 years old. The program is accredited by the American Camp Association and offers a series of morning, afternoon, supervised-lunch, and full-day camps from June 16 to August 15, 2014.
GLENCOE, Ill. (March 26, 2014) – Open your eyes to The Hidden Beauty of Moths, an innovative print exhibition coming to the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 19. Internationally acclaimed artist Joseph Scheer, a pioneer in the use of extreme-resolution scanners, will display larger-than-life images revealing the exquisite features and magnificent colors of moths, insects on the fringe of human awareness.
Rare Book Exhibition: Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print – Continuing through May 11
GLENCOE, Ill. (March 13, 2014) – Wendy Hollender, author, instructor, and accomplished botanical artist, will lead a two-day workshop on the grisaille painting technique at the Chicago Botanic Garden in April. Her visit is just one of the wide-ranging gardening, art, wellness, and nature classes offered by the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
GLENCOE, Ill. (February 19, 2014) – Over 350 people came in from the cold to “Escape to Paradise,” a preview event for the Orchid Show. The Hawaiian Islands provided leis and a welcoming aloha to guests upon entry into the warm floral oasis, which featured 10,000 sensational orchids in floor-to-ceiling displays of colorful, fragrant blooms. Aloha Lives! played and hula dancers entertained while guests sipped a “paradise cocktail” and savored Hawaiian-inspired hors d’oeuvres.
GLENCOE, Ill. (February 11, 2014) – Chicago Botanic Garden members can obtain reduced admission to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show taking place Saturday, March 15 through Sunday, March 23 at Navy Pier. A $4 discount will be given to visitors showing their Garden membership cards when purchasing tickets at the box office. The offer may not be combined with other discount offers and is not valid for online ticket orders.
GLENCOE, Ill. (February 6, 2014) – A juried photography exhibition will display 65 to 70 views of the Chicago Botanic Garden and other natural scenes from March 22 through April 6, 2014, in the Regenstein Center’s Joutras Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Normal parking fees apply.
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 29, 2014) – The Exotic Orchids: Orchestrated in Print rare book exhibition gives visitors a glimpse into the Victorian orchid craze and makes the case for the conservation and restoration of sensitive habitats. Many of the species depicted in the beautiful scientific illustrations on display face environmental threats, according to Stacy Stoldt, curator of the Lenhardt Library’s latest rare book exhibition opening on Friday, February 14, in conjunction with the Orchid Show.
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 13, 2014) – The Illinois Orchid Society will launch the Spring 2014 American Flower Show Series at the Chicago Botanic Garden with an exhibition on March 8 and 9. The event will be held in conjunction with the Orchid Show, a month-long exhibition staged throughout the Regenstein Center from February 15 through March 16.
GLENCOE, IL (December 30, 2013) – For the first time in its 41-year history, the Chicago Botanic Garden has attracted more than one million visitors in a calendar year. Today’s milestone represents a five percent increase over 2012, the second highest attendance year on record, and is the fourth annual attendance record in the past five years.
GLENCOE, Ill. (December 20, 2013) – For the first time in its 41-year history, the Chicago Botanic Garden is on the cusp of attracting one million visitors in a calendar year. The benchmark, which the Garden hopes to reach on December 31, represents a 5 percent increase over 2012, the second highest attendance year on record. That year, 954,727 people visited the Garden.
GLENCOE, IL (December 13, 2013) – The Chicago Botanic Garden today awarded the Forest Preserves of Cook County the 2013 Hutchinson Medal to recognize leadership in ecological restoration and education.
The Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society recently held its eighth annual All Aboard! Party amid the Garden’s festive indoor holiday and model train exhibition, Wonderland Express. In keeping with All Aboard! tradition, the benefit chairs, Marianne Bestler, of Hinsdale, and Carole Sandner, of Lake Bluff, evoked the theme of a grand train journey, “From Paris to Versailles in Style.” Peggy Carr, a Woman’s Board member since 1960, served as honorary chair of the event.
GLENCOE, IL (November 21, 2013) – On December 4, the Chicago Botanic Garden will be the first public garden in the country, and the first cultural institution in Chicago, to host a virtual field trip utilizing the Google+ platform. Funding for field trips is shrinking, so why not bring the field trip directly to students?
GLENCOE, Ill. (November 7, 2013) Multiyear efforts to restore native species to two natural areas at the Chicago Botanic Garden—the Garden Lakes and McDonald Woods—have received four honors from three diverse organizations.
GLENCOE, Ill. (November 7, 2013) – Camp CBG, the summer day-camp program at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has received accreditation from the American Camp Association, an industry group committed to ensuring safe and nurturing camp experiences.
“The ACA accreditation confirms that we’re operating—and have been for years—according to the best practices for day camps,” said Amy Wells, manager of camps at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “It’s the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ for summer camps.”
GLENCOE, Ill. (October 7, 2013) – Chicago Botanic Garden researchers have received a $1.54 million Dimensions in Biodiversity grant from the National Science Foundation to study the way flowers use scent to attract the pollinators they need to reproduce and survive. The floral scent may also draw flower predators, and this can play an important role in the evolution and diversification of plant species. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program is a “race against time” to transform our understanding of the scope and role of life on earth, according to the NSF.
GLENCOE, Ill. (September 25, 2013) – A full-day symposium exploring the ethical issues surrounding extinction, and the relationship between species loss and cultural destabilization will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden this spring. “Forum 2014: A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery,” a partnered program with the Center for Humans & Nature, will reflect on the centennial anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon. Activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Garden’s Regenstein Center.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Sept. 24, 2013) — The Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden recently hosted the 15th Annual Harvest Ball, drawing 400 guests to the beautiful early fall grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The ball raised $450,000 to support the development of the Learning Campus's educational display garden, designed by Mikyoung Kim. This new garden will welcome families of all backgrounds to the Garden, and its design will foster respect for our environment and inspire lifelong interest in and passion for the natural world and the sciences.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2013) – Two colorful personalities have been slated to speak at the 2014 Antiques & Garden Fair, an event renowned for its vibrant indoor and outdoor decorating ideas. Miles Redd, an interior designer known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour, has brought to life rooms infused with boldness, fantasy, and sophistication. Redd will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11.
GLENCOE, Ill. (September 4, 2013) – A Chicago Botanic Garden study evaluating the effects of a warming climate on the region’s urban forest has identified 40 tree varieties likely to thrive in 2050, but predicts other types now flourishing in the area will begin to decline.
20,000 Square Feet at McCormick Place West Provides SAVOR Foodservice with Produce
GLENCOE, Ill. (Aug. 6, 2013) The Chicago Botanic Garden has planted the largest farm-to-fork rooftop garden in Chicago and the Midwest as part of its ongoing mission to promote local sustainable agriculture and train city residents for careers in urban agriculture. The site’s soil-based garden is located at McCormick Place West, part of the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 29, 2013) –The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plants of Concern (POC) program was recently awarded a $14,000 Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This grant is designed to preserve, protect, perpetuate and enhance non-game wildlife and native plant resources of Illinois through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological balance. POC is a regional rare plant monitoring program designed to assess long-term trends in the state’s rarest plant species.
GLENCOE, IL (July 15, 2013) - The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm (GYF) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The program began in 2003 on a one-acre plot in the Lake County Greenbelt Forest Preserve and has added five sites. Two are in Chicago food desert communities: in Lawndale on the west side and in Washington Park on the south side, which is also home to a junior Green Youth Farm operating out of the Washington Park Field House. Another group of Green Youth Farm teens maintains the Thompson Center planters on Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 3, 2013) – Regular visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden call it their home away from home, one that makes a beautiful setting for a daily walk. Scientists, graduate students and interns see the Garden as a living laboratory for vital conservation efforts. The Garden serves as a place of lifelong learning for the thousands of students attending field trips, adults enrolling in an array of continuing education classes and visitors participating in a wide range of events.
GLENCOE, Ill. (June 24, 2013) – Janice Becker of Deerfield was named the 2012 Chicago Botanic Garden Volunteer of the Year at a recent awards reception. The Garden initiated the award in 1984 to focus attention on the outstanding support given to the Garden each year by all volunteers and to recognize one volunteer who exemplifies extraordinary service.
GLENCOE, Ill. (June 6, 2013) – Seven species of the classic fall-flowering aster have received top five-star ratings and 19 additional types of asters have received four-stars in Plant Evaluation Notes Issue 36, 2013, recently released by the Chicago Botanic Garden.
“Along with goldenrods, asters are classic autumnal flowers of gardens, roadsides, and native landscapes,” said Richard G. Hawke, plant evaluation manager. “They are wonderful companions to a variety of other late-season perennials and grasses.”
Chicago Botanic Garden’s Sixth Year of Windy City Harvest Program
First Workforce Investment Act-approved certificate program in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture; 89 percent of graduates currently employed
Chicago Botanic Garden Awarded $750,000 from USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program
-- the Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture training program to lead network of partners in creating six agri-business incubator sites in Chicago neighborhoods over next three years
– First app in country that brings a botanic garden’s plant collections database to life
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 2, 2013) –The Chicago Botanic Garden announces a new smartphone app called “GardenGuide,” which is the first of its kind to be developed in the United States with the ability to tap in to a botanic garden’s plant collections database. The GardenGuide app shares the Garden’s vast plant-collections database, containing records of the nearly 2.6 million plants in the living collection. The app is free to users.
More Than 600 Guests Enjoy Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening
Raising $250,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden
GLENCOE, Ill. (Jan.7, 2013) – The Chicagoland Grows® plant introduction program will introduce three new plants at the Mid-America Horticultural Show (Mid-Am), from January 16 to 18: Forever Pink Phlox (Phlox ‘Forever Pink’); Beijing Gold® Peking tree lilac (Syringa pekinensis ‘Zhang Zhiming’) and Crescendo™ sugar maple (Acer saccharum ‘Morton’) sugar maple.
GLENCOE, IL (December 18, 2012) – After an international search, the Chicago Botanic Garden has selected landscape architects Peter Wirtz/Wirtz International and Mikyoung Kim/Mikyoung Kim Design to design two new display gardens at the 385-acre Glencoe campus. Wirtz will design the garden associated with the Greenhouse and Nursery Campus and Kim has been selected to design the Learning Campus garden. This is the first public botanic garden commission for both and is the first United States non-residential assignment for Belgium-based Wirtz.
Glencoe, Ill. – The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of the Chicago Botanic Garden as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and creating jobs.
GLENCOE, Ill. (September 5, 2012) - This has been a landmark year for the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is celebrating 40 years of educating visitors about plants and the natural world. Over the past four decades, the Garden has grown from a simple idea to a living museum with more than 2.4 million plants and featuring numerous classes, youth programs, art exhibitions and more.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Aug. 27, 2012) - The Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program have completed a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore 1.25 miles of shoreline at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lake.
GLENCOE, Ill. (August 30, 2012) – On September 4, 2012, the Chicago Botanic Garden will open the Kleinman Family Cove, an aquatic classroom that will serve as an ideal location for children and adults to study the aquatic plants and animals that inhabit our wetland ecosystems and to learn about conserving freshwater systems, which are critical to our lives. Located on the Garden’s North Lake, the Cove is the third project of the Learning Campus development plan.
GLENCOE, Ill. (July 18, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest urban agriculture program has partnered with Levy Restaurants and Midwest Foods to provide fresh produce and tilapia for the Levy Restaurant’s Stadium Club at U.S. Cellular Field.
GLENCOE, Ill. (May 7, 2012) – The Chicago Botanic Garden has done groundbreaking work as a result of a two-year grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant reaches both casual passersby and committed gardeners with ideas for how to integrate sustainable agriculture techniques into their own backyards.
GLENCOE, Ill. (March 13,2012) — To honor the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the United States, the Japanese government is gifting trees to public and private organizations throughout the United States. The Chicago Botanic Garden will receive 20 trees.
Chicago's Consul General of Japan, Mr. Yoshifumi Okamura and Sophia Shaw, president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden, will plant the first cherry tree on Sunday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. The tree planting will be a highlight of the Garden's annual Japanese Garden Spring Weekend event.
GLENCOE, IL (February 6, 2012) – Gardeners in the Upper Midwest looking for colorful perennial plants that offer multiseasonal interest with minimal maintenance should check out the latest introductions from Chicagoland Grows™. Burgundy Fireworks Coneflower – A Meadowbrite™ Introduction (Echinacea 'Burgundy Fireworks' PPAF) is a unique selection that produces vivid beet-red ray flowers and has deep burgundy stems and dark green, glossy leaves.
GLENCOE, Ill. (January 26, 2012) — For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Botanic Garden set an all-time attendance record in 2011, generating 953,864 visits, representing a 5.4 percent increase or 49,000 more visitors than 2010. This number equates to a 29 percent increase since 2009. During 2011, the Garden experienced three record-setting months: August was the highest attendance month ever in the Garden's 40-year history with 134,049 visits; October had 97,289 visits, and December saw 70,509 visits.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Jan. 9, 2012) — The Chicago Botanic Garden will open the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden with a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Attendees will be encouraged to also attend World Environment Day at the Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dedication will include remarks followed by a ribbon cutting, tours of the garden and two activity stations for children. Staff will demonstrate how the garden will be used for a variety of programs that connect children with nature.
GLENCOE, Ill. (Nov. 22, 2011) – The Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program have begun a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore 6,400 feet of shoreline at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lake. The project area includes the entire perimeter of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, as well as areas along the North Lake’s western and northern shoreline.
GLENCOE, IL (May 8, 2014) – The robust and showy native perennial Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium spp.) is often relegated to larger more naturalized landscapes, but certain species can make a fantastic addition to smaller or more formal garden spaces, says Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Hawke speaks with authority. He’s recently completed an evaluation of 26 varieties of Eutrochium and relatives of the Joe-Pye Weed over a 12-year span.