Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL United States
The Garden is a place of ever-changing natural beauty that makes each visit unique.
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than one million people visited the Garden’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
A winding boardwalk overlooks dazzling waterlilies and lotuses at the Aquatic Garden.
Visitors can stroll down a winding boardwalk to view scores of magnificent waterlilies and lotuses in various stages of bud and bloom. The shady hill of the nearby Bulb Garden is a favorite spot of artists eager to capture the emerging flowers in the sparkle of early morning light.
Bold planting ideas are front and center in the Crescent’s annual beds, while hundreds of evergreen boxwood give shape to their curves. The evergreens create a mass of green “steps” flanking the eight concentric tiers, which increase in size as they slope gently down to the water’s edge. Brick walkways lace through the beds, encouraging visitors to step close to the plants.
English Oak Meadow
To the east of the English Walled Garden is a gently rolling tapestry of blooming bulbs, vibrant flowers, and shrubs set amid several varieties of oak trees. This hillside meadow is awash with color from spring through fall.
Krasberg Rose Garden
When the roses are in bloom—more than 5,000 of them—it’s hard to get beyond the shimmers of color and scent, the everything-is-coming-up-roses metaphor come to life. In the three-acre Krasberg Rose Garden, showstoppers include the striking Ingrid Bergman® (a true-red tea rose that grows up to 6 feet tall) and the spicy, fragrant John Davis shrub rose (a very hardy pink semi-double-flowered rose that can be trained as a shrub or a climber)
The Heritage Garden is dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus, who established binomial nomenclature as the system of naming plants we still use today. Modeled after Europe’s first botanical garden in Padua, Italy, it is a circular space, divided into four quadrants. A large statue of Linneaus presides over the garden.
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