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Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Life Skills
Glencoe, Glencoe, Illinois
(52 Reviews)

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little 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 2013, one million people visited the Garden's 26 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.

The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden's Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 110,000 volumes — including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.

HISTORY

The Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back to the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. With the motto Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden," the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows, its third the World's Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world's fair in October 1893.

After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.

Reviews of Chicago Botanic Garden

(52 Reviews)
Tending to Trees in the Garden

7/16/2019
ELIZABETH R.

Attended: Tending to Trees in the Garden


Tending Trees was very informative and I feel like I learned a lot! The Smiths clearly like teaching and live the topic and are passionate about caring for and properly planting trees & shrubs. There’s so much material to cover for the novice, like me, but they showed a lot of examples and it was a lively class, so I would be interested in taking other classes from them, or if there was a more in depth class just on native trees.

Garden and Travel Photography

6/9/2019
Dennis D.

Attended: Garden and Travel Photography


Our instructor, Jack Carlson, was very good. He arranged for us to have photo shoots at the Evanston lighthouse, Graceland Cemetery and the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Jack was very helpful in teaching me and the other students composition and lighting techniques. He also helped me figure out what all the features were on my camera and how to use them. I highly recommend this course.

Hands-on Cooking: Spring Desserts

5/20/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Hands-on Cooking: Spring Desserts


Fun class to do. Group atmosphere was nice.

Hands-on Cooking: All About Rhubarb

5/6/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Hands-on Cooking: All About Rhubarb


I was really disappointed that the class was cancelled due to low enrollment with the class 75%full.

Mosaic Workshop

4/19/2019
Jennifer D.

Attended: Mosaic Workshop


Great fun, with an excellent teacher.

Chronicle of a Vegetable Garden

3/31/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Chronicle of a Vegetable Garden


The class was very informative - a lot of information in the 2 hours! The teacher was great; he encouraged questions and was very engaging and entertaining.

Lightroom 1: Intensive

2/18/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Lightroom 1: Intensive


Class was very informative, great instructor. In the future, a description of all the items needed during the class should be given in the details or an email after registration.

Mosaic Workshop

12/7/2018
JENNIFER D.

Attended: Mosaic Workshop


This was a great class, and a wonderful teacher. I enjoyed it so much, I signed up for another class with her. Highly recommend it if you have an interest in this type of mosaics.

Birds in the Garden

11/17/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Birds in the Garden


She truly knew her subject material and was very informative. Eager to start making some additions to my garden. Hope you will have her back again......good speaker!

Watercolor: Painting the Natural World

11/6/2018
Deanne R.

Attended: Watercolor: Painting the Natural World


Excellent class and teacher! Highly recommend!

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1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, Suburbs
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Upcoming Classes at Chicago Botanic Garden

How to Raise Butterflies at Home
How to Raise Butterflies at Home
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Wednesday Jul 17th, 6pm - 9pm

Inspirations from Great Gardens
Inspirations from Great Gardens
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Thursday Jul 18th, 9:30am - 11am

Greener Alternatives to Turf
Greener Alternatives to Turf
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Thursday Jul 18th, 1pm - 2:30pm

Rose Garden Photography
Rose Garden Photography
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Thursday Jul 18th, 8pm - 11pm

Nature and Rhythm Fitness
Nature and Rhythm Fitness
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Friday Jul 19th, 9:30am - 10:30am

Outdoor Walking Workout Session 3
Outdoor Walking Workout Session 3
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Saturday Jul 20th, 8am - 9am

The Organic Vegetable Garden in Autumn
The Organic Vegetable Garden in Autumn
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Saturday Jul 20th, 9am - 11am

Hands-on Gardening: Summer Pruning
Hands-on Gardening: Summer Pruning
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Saturday Jul 20th, 1pm - 3pm

Demo Cooking: Buzzing for a Picnic
Demo Cooking: Buzzing for a Picnic
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Sunday Jul 21st, 1pm - 2:30pm

Cottage Garden Designs for the Midwest
Cottage Garden Designs for the Midwest
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Tuesday Jul 23rd, 10am - 12pm

Hanging Basket Workshop
Hanging Basket Workshop
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Thursday Jul 25th, 10am - 12pm

Moon Garden Plant Walk
Moon Garden Plant Walk
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Friday Jul 26th, 9pm - 10:30pm

Essentials of Perspective Drawing
Essentials of Perspective Drawing
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Saturday Jul 27th, 9am - 3pm

Wise Use of Medicinal Herbs
Wise Use of Medicinal Herbs
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Saturday Jul 27th, 10am - 5pm

Exploring Flower Essences
Exploring Flower Essences
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Sunday Jul 28th, 11am - 4pm

Bonsai Show Preparation Workshop
Bonsai Show Preparation Workshop
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Wednesday Jul 31st, 6pm - 9pm

Memories Moons and Imagination
Memories Moons and Imagination
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Friday Aug 2nd, 7pm - 8:30pm

Watercolor: Capturing Summer Color
Watercolor: Capturing Summer Color
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Saturday Aug 3rd, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Hands-on Cooking: Fermenting Kraut
Hands-on Cooking: Fermenting Kraut
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Sunday Aug 4th, 11am - 1pm

A Natural Eye
A Natural Eye
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Saturday Aug 3rd, 9:30am - 4:30pm

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Teachers at Chicago Botanic Garden

Aaron Bertelsen Abbie Groff Alan Anderson Alexis Datta Alicia Green Allen Rokach Andrew Wilson Andrew Bunting Andy McGhee Angela Thomas Waltman Angie McMonigal Anne Nies Anne Houde Anne Roberts Annie Novak Ashley Luciani Ayako Saegusa Ayse Pogue Barb Rue Barbara Kreski Becky Porter Becky Porter, designer, Victor Hlavacek Florist Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr. Beth Levy Beth Nielsen Beth Pinagorte Bill Shores Bim Willow Bob Kirschner & Heidi Natura Bonnie Cox Bonnie Arkin Brady Soule Britt Calendo Bruce Bondy Bruce Iverson Bruce Iverson Burnstein Hall Carmen Vidal-Hallett Carol Vanhyfte Lawrence Carrie Schloss Cathy Thomas Charles and Karen Lorence Chester Jankowski Chris Beiser Chris Catalano Chris Baker Christina Swets Claudia Lane Claudia Lane Courtney Hughes Cynthia Gran Dale Sievert Dan Bussey Dan Bussey Dave Cantwell Dave Sollenberger David Tepper David Murray David E. Dallison Debbie Friend Debbie Friend, M.S., Owner Deborah Lee Dennis Paige Derek Norman Devi Stern Diane Dorigan Dianne Kittle DJ Garrity Douglas Beasley Douglas Beasley Dr. Kayri Havens-Young and Dr. Jennifer Schwarz Ballard Dr. Kulvider Kaur Eddie Soloway Ellen Phillips Emily Paster Emma and Andrea Erica Hornthal Esther Gutierrez-Sloan Evan Hydzik Fergus Garrett Fran Vail Frances Vail Francine Gourguechon Gary Topalian Gary Lehman Gary Bregman Gary Gran Gilbert and Lesley Bruce Smith Giulianna Ciocca Glenn Grosch Gordon Lock Gordon Lock and Way Sun Greg Trabka Greg Stack Gregory M. Pierceall Gretta Winkelbauer Heather Sherwood Heather Prince Heather Marie Scholl Heeyoung Kim Heidi Joynt Hilary Noble Iris Allen Ivan Watters Jack Carlson Jack Carlson and Dave Cantwell Jackie Kendall Jaclyn Jacobs Jacob Burns James Villalpando Janet Meakin Janet Austin Janit Calvo Jeane Cohen Jeff Gorra Jeff Epping Jeffrey True Jeffrey H. Bunn Jennifer Murtoff Jerry L. Garner Jessica Hannah Jill Jonnes Jill Selinger Jill Selinger and William Moss Jim Nau Jim Steffen Jim Jabcon Jim Steffen Jodi Mariano John Eskandari John Raffeto John Pastoriza Pinol Jordan Scherer Jordan Scherer and Taylor Cowan Judith Joseph Julia Bunn Julie Sajtar Julie Engleman Julie Siegel Juliet Liu Waite Justin Schmitz Karen Thomson Kathe Stoepel Kathie Hayden Kathryn Deery Kathy Johnson Kay Thomas Kendall Jackie Kenny Larson Kerry Mendez Kimberly Mullarkey Kris De la Torre Kristina Smith Kristyn Moore Lauren Johnson Linda Oyama Bryan Lisa Hilgenberg Luciano Giubbilei Lynda Mapes Lynette Rodriguez Lynn Bement Lynn Quinn Maggie Meiners Manny Sanchez Manuel Sanchez Marian McNair Mark Heidelberger Mark McMahon Mark Zampardo Marlene Hill Donnelly Marlene Hill Donelley Marta McDowell Mary Ann Spina Mary Kay Gill Melissa Leger Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michelle Maestre Michelle Maestre Moira OKeefe Molly Kobelt Molly Kobelt and Heidi Joynt Mui Baltrunas Nancy Clifton Nancy Halliday Nancy Haliday Natalie Boyett Natasha Lehrer Natasha Lewis Natasha Lehrer Lehrer Nichole Strafaci & Jennifer Fabos Patton Nikki Luna Paz Nikki Nigl Nina Koziol Nina Weiss Nina Koziol & Marcy Stewart-Pyziak Pam Karlson Pam Gross & Lisa Hilgenberg Pamela Self Pamela Feldman Patrick Eccles Patrick Sbordone Patrick Leacock Patsy Welch Paul Laiblin Paul Lucas Peter Nagle Peter Berthelsen Peterson Garden Project Peterson Garden Project Peterson Garden Project Peterson Garden Project Peterson Garden Project Peterson Garden Project Phillip Douglas Phyllis Kaplan Priscilla Humay R. Thomas Selinger Rachel Catlett Richard Hawke Rick Darke Robin Carlson Rochelle Wiedenhoeft & Korbin Paul Rowen White Roy Diblik Roy Diblik & Anatoliy Khmara Ruth Clausen Sally Peterson Sally Peterson Sandra Bacon Sandy Bulgrin Sarah Schultz Sean Kelley Sean Regan Shannon Catalano Sharon Washington Sharon Yiesla Shawn Sheehy Shelley Galloway Sheryl DeVore Shilpi Saxena Stee Nakon Stephanie Rose Bird Steve Nakon Steve Bainley Steve Bailey Steve Nakon and Patricia Nakon Suzanne Wegener Tamara Mannelly Terese Hajduk Thomas Soulsby Thomas Mikolajczyk Thomas Trausch Tim Johnson Tim Gruner Tim Pollak Tim Lally Tim Gruner and Elizabeth Hubert Timothy Lally Tobin Fraley Tom Fritz Tom Soulsby Tom Tiddens Tom Weaver Tom Tiddens & Kathie Hayden Tom Tiddens, Thomas Fritz & Mike Annes Tom Tiddens, Thomas Fritz and Chris Beiser Tom, Mike & Thomas Tiddens, Annes & Fritz Tony Gebely Tony Wasemann Valerie Gerdes Lemme Valerie Gerdes and Tim Lally Valerie Gerdes Lemme and Jeffrey True Valerie Lemme Gerdes Vivian Zapata Wade Wheatley Wil Pilipauskas William Moss William Moss Moss
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