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Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Welcome the fall season with a cold glass of beer! Oktoberfest celebrations occur throughout Europe; the Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate locally on Thursday, October 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Guests check in at the McGinley Pavilion and receive a wristband, tasting glass and tasting sheet. Breweries pour a few different seasonally selected beers in 2-ounce tastings. Light fare and featured beer by the bottle are available for purchase.

Chicago Botanic Garden Opens New Nursery on Kris Jarantoski Campus

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
new greenhouses

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a 151,825- square-foot nursery today, adding more than 38,000 square feet of nursery space. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s horticulture staff grows 250,000 plants annually for indoor and outdoor floriculture and seasonal displays that are featured in the Garden’s 26 distinct gardens and permanent collections. An additional 10,000 plants are grown for plant conservation science programs and research projects.  

Largest, Smelliest Plant Blooms For First Time in the Chicago area at the Chicago Botanic Garden

GLENCOE, IL (August 6, 2015) – For the first time in the Chicago area, the largest and smelliest flowering plant in the world will be on public display at the Chicago Botanic Garden. A rock star that draws thousands of admirers, the titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also called the corpse flower, is distinguished by its large size, odd shape and terrible stench.

Chicago Botanic Garden Celebrates its 125-Year-Old Roots with a Commemorative Book, Exhibition, Heirloom Gardens, Model Steam Engines and More

Event Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015

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.

Chicago Botanic Garden Sets New Attendance Record in 2014— Topping One Million Visitors for Second Consecutive Year

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.

How Did Plants Move to Land? Chicago Botanic Garden Scientist Helps Lead Global Effort to Trace Pivotal Events in Evolution

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.

Emerald Ash Borer Invades New Species of Tree

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.


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