Chicago Botanic Gardens

Chicago Botanic Gardens Hours & Location:

Hours: The Chicago Gardens is open from 8am – sunset, 365 days a year. During the holidays from November through January, the Garden closes at 6pm.

For those looking for breakfast, the Garden Cafe is open until 4pm weekdays and 4:30pm weekends.

Contact Info: The Chicago Gardens is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022 - Phone: 847-835-5440

Display Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Gardens:

There are several natural habitats and a vast array of display gardens available for viewing and exploration at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Among them you will find:

Aquatic Garden:  A meandering boardwalk leads visitors along scores of lotus and water lilies that are always blooming in various stages. Artists of all ages come to this display to capture the beauty and rapture of these plants.

Bonsai Collection:  The Chicago Botanic Gardens has an impressive display of over 185 bonsai, some are award winning internationally. This garden boasts one of the most impressive public bonsai collections in the world, with varieties of tropical, deciduous, flowering, fruiting, and evergreen bonsai.

Bulb Garden:  The Garden has added thousands of plants and new bulbs to this existing display in order to offer visitors an even longer blooming period. New varieties of tulips, fritillaries, ornamental onions, narcissus, and lilies are sure to entice the beauty of this garden all through the season and into fall.

Circle Garden:  This spectacular garden is a delightful blend of color that spans the entire growing season. Named for its circular shape and borders, visitors will find an orchestrated dancing fountain as the central focus of this garden.

Traditional Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Gardens:

The Crescent:  A classical merging of modern perspective and traditional garden designs, the Crescent is both inspirational and stunning. Walkways lined with brick are wound through amazing displays of annual flower beds with evergreen steps in eight tiers, giving this garden its signature namesake.

Dwarf Conifer Garden:  The Chicago Botanic Gardens has one of the finest Dwarf Conifer collections in the country with over 150 varieties of the family. Conifers, or cone bearing plants, include some of the largest and oldest living trees on earth. The bristlecone pine has been known to be over four thousand years old, and the sequoia redwoods grow to almost four hundred feet tall.

Enabling Garden:  Designed to be a garden that teaches the young and old alike, the Enabling Garden illustrates a wide variety of techniques for gardening that include raised flower beds, fountains, containers, pools and ponds, as well as many other unique ideas that are sure to inspire ideas and designs in any gardener.

English Oak Meadow:  Visitors to this garden are rewarded with seasonal wonders that start blooming at the beginning of spring, and continue to amaze right up until the first frost. This particular garden is home to a variety of birds and butterflies, some native and many others migratory.

English Walled Garden:  Designed by John Brookes, a famous garden designer known around the world, this old-fashioned garden combines traditional perennials and annuals, along with serene sounds of water, all designed for sensory appeal and unrivaled charm that is always expected from English gardens.

Esplanade:  The Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Gardens invites visitors down elm alleyways and wonderful annual flower displays, leading to fantastic fountains that shoot out of shimmering water pools.

Evening Island:  Five acres of meadows, woodlands, and rolling hills are surrounded by reflecting lakes and made accessible along several bridges that provide two distinct ways into this garden. Not only will visitors see amazing sunsets, but they will also marvel at the many garden vistas this island has to offer.

Fruit & Vegetable Garden:  Here urban gardeners can visit the Chicago Gardens and learn many effective growing techniques, as well as the best vegetables and fruits for the region. Programs are also available for the entire family.

More Features at the Chicago Botanic Gardens:

Gardens of the Great Basin:  Surrounding the main lake of the Chicago Gardens are many lovely walkways and gardens that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Greenhouses:  A collection of arid desert and tropical plants are spread out among the three greenhouses of the Garden.

Heritage Garden:  A garden that was designed to pay tribute to the history of plants and gardening, put together with an Italian inspiration. 21 flower bed and a unique water fountain showcase various plant families that have been used for medicinal purposes all over the world.

Lakeside Gardens:  Over three hundred apple trees surround the Great Basin lake and offer visitors a naturalistic garden that is very popular in April and May when the trees come into full bloom and reflect their blossoms in the waters below.

Landscape Gardens:  Several smaller gardens both, informal and formal, make for an impressive display of hardy and low maintenance plants that are designed to teach even the most daunted gardeners.

Japanese Garden:  This garden in the Chicago Gardens is rich with symbolism and culture with its meticulously cultivated plants and thoughtfully designed landscaping. Visitors will find the Japanese Garden is one of their favorite, even during the winter when the snow settles on the grounds and sculptures.

McDonald Woods:  The Woods are one of several wildlife habitats at the Garden, as well as home to over four hundred species of plant life. A vast variety of wildlife call these woods home, from birds and mammals, to insects and even earthworms.

Native Plant Garden:  Visitors frequently overlook this tiny garden situated nicely between the lake and the main walkway. This garden is designed to teach gardeners how to use the plants native to their environment to create a rich and stunning environment.

Other Points of Interest at the Chicago Botanic Gardens:

Plant Conservation Science Center:  The Science Center of the Chicago Botanic Gardens boasts a sixteen thousand square foot roof that is a living garden and serves as both an educational tool, outdoor classroom, and a laboratory. Visitors can visit this rooftop and learn what plants are best suited to rooftop environments, as well as the best techniques for growing them.

Plant Evaluation Gardens


Railroad Garden

Rose Garden


Sensory Garden

Skokie River

Spider Island

Water Gardens

Waterfall Garden

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