GLENCOE, IL (May 7, 2015) —The origins of the Chicago Botanic Garden date to 1890 and the founding of the Chicago Horticultural Society. The dedicated group of Chicago civic leaders formed around the ideal expressed in the city’s motto, “urbs in horto,” or city in a garden. In the next 125 years, the Society would promote horticulture in all its forms and foster a love of gardening among the region’s residents.
GLENCOE, IL (April 28, 2015) — A wide range of activities for children and families will take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden this spring and summer. Offerings include free, informal drop-in programs at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable and Native Plant gardens, and the popular Dancin’ Sprouts evening concerts. Spring also brings the return of two family favorites, the Butterfly & Blooms and Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America exhibitions.
Story Time in Lenhardt Library – Mondays through May 18
Stop by 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. No Story Time on April 20. Visit chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies or call (847) 835-6801 for more information.
GLENCOE, IL (April 7, 2015) —The Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America will once again take visitors on a cross-country tour of America’s most iconic sights. This year, the beloved exhibition will also journey back in time to the era of the steam locomotive.
GLENCOE, IL (April 3, 2015) – Butterflies & Blooms, an immersive outdoor exhibition, will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting, from May 23 to September 7, 2015, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The exhibition is housed in a 2,800-square-foot mesh enclosure located on the Annex Road, as you head from the Visitor Center to the McDonald Woods. Tickets are $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger are free. Members get $1 off each ticket.
GLENCOE, IL (February 10, 2015) – This spring the American Flower Show Series at the Chicago Botanic Garden will feature orchids, gesneriads, grafting fruit trees, daffodils, dahlias, African violets, rhododendron, bonsai, iris, and hostas. The series, a growing national horticultural program, presents exhibits and programs on the nation’s favorite flower groups.
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 (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 (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.