Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Life Skills
Glencoe, Glencoe, Illinois
(58 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

(58 Reviews)
New Camera Workshop

1/19/2020
Carmen A.

Attended: New Camera Workshop


My first class at the Botanical gardens. It was great!!! Looking forward to other related classes. Mr. Lucas had a lot of knowledge. I love his teaching techniques. Thank you

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.

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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

Demonstration Cooking: Vegetarian Dips
Demonstration Cooking: Vegetarian Dips
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Tuesday Jan 28th, 11am - 12:30pm

Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra
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Friday Jan 31st, 11am - 1pm

Welcome to your Midwest Garden
Welcome to your Midwest Garden
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Saturday Feb 1st, 10am - 12pm

Hands-on Cooking: Classic Cakes
Hands-on Cooking: Classic Cakes
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Tuesday Feb 4th, 1pm - 3:30pm

Introduction to Design Principles
Introduction to Design Principles
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Tuesday Feb 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Color and Ink
Color and Ink
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Wednesday Feb 5th, 9am - 12pm

Beginning Digital Photography
Beginning Digital Photography
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Friday Feb 7th, 9am - 12pm

Demo Cooking: Classic Indian Meal
Demo Cooking: Classic Indian Meal
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Friday Feb 7th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Owl Prowl at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve
Owl Prowl at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve
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Friday Feb 7th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Botany in Your Kitchen
Botany in Your Kitchen
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Saturday Feb 8th, 9am - 11am

Crop Planning
Crop Planning
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Saturday Feb 8th, 10:30am - 3pm

Hands-on Cooking: Fermenting Vegetables
Hands-on Cooking: Fermenting Vegetables
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Saturday Feb 8th, 12pm - 2pm

Drawing in Carbon Dust
Drawing in Carbon Dust
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Sunday Feb 9th, 9am - 12pm

Photography Tips: Inclement Weather
Photography Tips: Inclement Weather
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Sunday Feb 9th, 9am - 12pm

Demonstration Cooking: Savory Vegetables
Demonstration Cooking: Savory Vegetables
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Tuesday Feb 11th, 11am - 12:30pm

Foundation Planting Design
Foundation Planting Design
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Tuesday Feb 11th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Ins and Outs of Flash Photography
The Ins and Outs of Flash Photography
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Wednesday Feb 12th, 9am - 12pm

Trees and Shrubs with Winter Interest
Trees and Shrubs with Winter Interest
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Thursday Feb 13th, 9am - 11am

Valentine's Date Night: Terrarium
Valentine's Date Night: Terrarium
Next start date:

Friday Feb 14th, 6pm - 8pm

Date Night Meridian Therapy Workshop
Date Night Meridian Therapy Workshop
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Friday Feb 14th, 6pm - 8pm

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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 Elise Robison 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 Jerrod Schober 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 Melanie Bromberek 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 Nicholas Peterson 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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