Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Life Skills
Glencoe, Glencoe, Illinois
(38 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

(38 Reviews)
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!

Watercolor Workshop

10/22/2018
Nancy B.

Attended: Watercolor Workshop


Loved this class and learned so much from John. What a great teacher and at such a beautiful location. I will take another of his classes when he returns. Thano you.

Rooftop Garden Design

10/19/2018
Jennifer S.

Attended: Rooftop Garden Design


Excellent class! Tim was great and covered material in the 6 week course that definitely gave me knowledge to work confidently with clients in the future. Thank you!

Hands-on Cooking: Indian High Tea

7/30/2018
Jennifer M.

Attended: Hands-on Cooking: Indian High Tea


The class was a nice and everyone was pleasant.

Hands-on Cooking: Pies and Tarts

7/16/2018
Marilyn B.

Attended: Hands-on Cooking: Pies and Tarts


I would have liked instruction for a lattice top on pie. Everything else was excellent.

Edible Landscapes Featuring Containers

6/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Edible Landscapes Featuring Containers


Great balance of principles and hands-on education. Could have used a bit more specificity on trade-offs between aesthetics and production for container vegetable gardens.

Tai Chi: Basics

6/7/2018
Suzanne R.

Attended: Tai Chi: Basics


GORDON is kind and responsive to his students. A real professional. I will take more courses with him. Sue

Raised Bed Gardening

4/24/2018
Lauren H.

Attended: Raised Bed Gardening


This course DID NOT meet my expectations or the course description: "This class will cover all aspects of installing and growing in raised beds. Topics include options for purchasing or building them, appropriate sites and soils, season-extension techniques, plant selection, and intensive planting techniques to maximize crop yields in small spaces." While the instructor did show photo examples of different types of raised-beds, little to no time was given about HOW to select materials, HOW/WHERE to purchase kits or materials, or HOW to install/put together. A list of plants was reviewed, and planting techniques were also covered, but the first half of the course description was essentially skipped. The instructor, a professional grower, was very knowledgeable but very scattered. I would NOT recommend this course and especially NOT for a beginner or someone look to make/build their own raised bed. You will be disappointed by the content.

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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

Tapestry Weaving Studio
Tapestry Weaving Studio
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Wednesday Jan 23rd, 9am - 1pm

Glass Jar Terrarium Workshop
Glass Jar Terrarium Workshop
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Wednesday Jan 23rd, 6pm - 8pm

Demonstration Cooking: Classic Indian Meal
Demonstration Cooking: Classic Indian Meal
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Friday Jan 25th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Gardening Techniques: Session B
Gardening Techniques: Session B
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Saturday Jan 26th, 7:30am - 10:30am

Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics
Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics
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Saturday Jan 26th, 9am - 11am

Seed Cleaning and Storing Workshop
Seed Cleaning and Storing Workshop
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Saturday Jan 26th, 11am - 1pm

Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving
Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving
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Saturday Jan 26th, 1pm - 3pm

Starting Seeds Indoors
Starting Seeds Indoors
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Sunday Jan 27th, 9am - 11am

Photographing the Garden
Photographing the Garden
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Sunday Jan 27th, 1pm - 3pm

Hands-on Cooking: Greek Party
Hands-on Cooking: Greek Party
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Wednesday Jan 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Beginning Digital Photography
Beginning Digital Photography
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Friday Feb 1st, 9am - 12pm

Welcome to your Midwest Garden
Welcome to your Midwest Garden
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Saturday Feb 2nd, 10am - 12pm

Houseplants 101
Houseplants 101
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Saturday Feb 2nd, 1pm - 3pm

Demo Cooking: Mexican Vegetables
Demo Cooking: Mexican Vegetables
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Tuesday Feb 5th, 11am - 12:30pm

Introduction to Design Principles
Introduction to Design Principles
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Tuesday Feb 5th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Advanced iPhone Photography Workshop
Advanced iPhone Photography Workshop
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Wednesday Feb 6th, 1pm - 4pm

Mounted Staghorn Fern Workshop
Mounted Staghorn Fern Workshop
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Wednesday Feb 6th, 6pm - 8pm

Hands-On Cooking: Eggs
Hands-On Cooking: Eggs
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Friday Feb 8th, 11am - 1pm

Intermediate Digital Photography
Intermediate Digital Photography
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Saturday Feb 9th, 9am - 12pm

Colored Pencil on Mylar
Colored Pencil on Mylar
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Saturday Feb 9th, 9am - 4pm

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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 Bruce Bondy Bruce Iverson Bruce Iverson Burnstein Hall Carmen Vidal-Hallett Carol Vanhyfte Lawrence Cathy Thomas Charles and Karen Lorence Chester Jankowski Chris Beiser Chris Catalano Chris Baker 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 Ellen Phillips Emily Paster Emma and Andrea Erica Hornthal Esther Gutierrez-Sloan Evan Hydzik Fran Vail Frances Vail Francine Gourguechon Gary Topalian Gary Lehman Gary Bregman Gary Gran Gilbert and Lesley Bruce Smith 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 Iris Allen Ivan Watters Jack Carlson Jack Carlson and Dave Cantwell Jackie Kendall Jaclyn Jacobs Jacob Burns James Villalpando Janet Austin Janit Calvo Jeff Gorra Jeff Epping Jeffrey True Jennifer Murtoff Jerry L. Garner Jessica Hannah Jill Jonnes Jill Selinger 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 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 Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michelle Maestre Michelle Maestre Molly Kobelt Molly Kobelt and Heidi Joynt Nancy Clifton Nancy Halliday Nancy Haliday Natalie Boyett Natasha Lehrer Natasha Lewis Natasha Lehrer Lehrer 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 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 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 Wade Wheatley Wil Pilipauskas William Moss William Moss Moss
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