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Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Life Skills
Glencoe, Glencoe, Illinois
(57 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

(57 Reviews)
Botany 1

10/25/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Botany 1


This class was a delight! I learned so much. It is an intensive class, so expect to spend time out of class studying, but also expect to come away with newly gained understanding of the plant world and how much we rely on it.

Seed Saving

9/8/2019
Mike F.

Attended: Seed Saving


Great class, lots of information, passionate instructor Kris, small class, interesting venue...that’s it.

Mosaic Workshop

7/26/2019
Jennifer D.

Attended: Mosaic Workshop


Great class lots of fun.

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

2/18/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Lightroom 1


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.

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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

Color: In-Depth Nature Studies
Color: In-Depth Nature Studies
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Saturday Dec 7th, 12pm - 3pm

Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
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Sunday Dec 8th, 9am - 2pm

Succulent Centerpiece Workshop
Succulent Centerpiece Workshop
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Tuesday Dec 10th, 6pm - 8pm

Demonstration Cooking: Indian Chickpeas
Demonstration Cooking: Indian Chickpeas
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Friday Dec 13th, 5pm - 7pm

Backstage Pass: Winter Floral Wonders
Backstage Pass: Winter Floral Wonders
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Saturday Dec 14th, 9am - 11am

Demonstration Cooking: Hanukkah
Demonstration Cooking: Hanukkah
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Sunday Dec 15th, 11am - 1pm

Pop-Up Paper Holiday Card Workshop
Pop-Up Paper Holiday Card Workshop
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Sunday Dec 15th, 12pm - 3:30pm

How to Upcycle Your Used Christmas Tree
How to Upcycle Your Used Christmas Tree
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Tuesday Dec 17th, 6pm - 7pm

Fresh Evergreen Garland Workshop
Fresh Evergreen Garland Workshop
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Wednesday Dec 18th, 10am - 12:30pm

Pine Bonsai Workshop
Pine Bonsai Workshop
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Tuesday Jan 7th, 6pm - 9pm

Introduction to Professional Practice
Introduction to Professional Practice
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Wednesday Jan 8th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Garden Design Implementation
Garden Design Implementation
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Wednesday Jan 8th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Photographic Artistry with Photoshop
Photographic Artistry with Photoshop
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Thursday Jan 9th, 9:30am - 12pm

Graphics
Graphics
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Thursday Jan 9th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Botanical Drawing 1
Botanical Drawing 1
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Saturday Jan 11th, 9am - 12pm

Frame Loom Weaving
Frame Loom Weaving
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Saturday Jan 11th, 10am - 1pm

Meditation Exploration
Meditation Exploration
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Saturday Jan 11th, 11am - 12pm

New Camera Workshop
New Camera Workshop
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Saturday Jan 11th, 1pm - 4pm

Photography Tips & Techniques: How to Use a Macro Lens
Photography Tips & Techniques: How to Use a Macro Lens
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Sunday Jan 12th, 9am - 12pm

Gentle Yoga
Gentle Yoga
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Monday Jan 13th, 9am - 10am

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Teachers at Chicago Botanic Garden

Aaron Bertelsen Abbie Groff Alan Anderson Alexis Datta Alicia Green Allen Rokach Amy Galper & Amy Anthony Andrew Wilson Andrew Bunting Andy McGhee Angela Thomas Waltman Angie McMonigal Anna Andersen 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 Bridget Schrank 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 Christine Shiel Claudia Lane Claudia Lane Courtney Hughes Cynthia Gran Dale Sievert Dan Bussey Dan Bussey Daniel Domoleczny 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 Elizabeth Paine Ellen Phillips Emily Breidenbach Emily Paster Emma and Andrea Eric Strong 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 Trierweiller 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 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 KaMele Sanchez 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 Lisa Beard Luciano Giubbilei Lydia Crespo 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 Mary-Beth Manning Melissa Leger Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michelle Maestre Michelle Maestre Mindy Silberg Moira OKeefe Molly Kobelt Molly Kobelt and Heidi Joynt Mui Baltrunas Nancy Clifton Nancy Halliday Nancy Haliday Natalie Boyett Natasha Lehrer Lewis 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 Sharyn Galindo 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 Walker Suzanne Wegener Tamara Mannelly Terese Hajduk Theresa Mieseler Thomas Soulsby Thomas Mikolajczyk Thomas Selinger 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 Tracey Buchman & Julie Engelman Valerie Gerdes Lemme Valerie Gerdes and Tim Lally Valerie Gerdes Lemme and Jeffrey True Valerie Lemme Gerdes Vivian Zapata Wade Wheatley Wicker Mui Wil Pilipauskas William Moss William Moss Moss
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