Chicago Botanic Gardens is a natural retreat within the urban landscape of Chicago. It has inhabited its current site since the 1960’s but the backing of the Gardens, the Chicago Horticultural Society, has been active since 1890. The society is dedicated to expanding the public’s knowledge of plant species from around the world.
Situated on an astounding 385 acres, the grounds contain 24 display gardens and four natural areas. Part of the grounds extend onto nine islands that contain various themed gardens. The Japanese garden is pictured above.
One of the specific goals of the Gardens is to identify and grow plants that thrive in the Chicago area. In addition to using native plants, the Chicago Horticultual Society conducts modern day explorations around the world to bring back new plant species.
Besides all the scientific research, the Chicago Botanic Gardens has fun collections that inspire many ideas for your own garden. Plant combinations and hardscaping take a playful turn to create a lightened mood.
Article and photography by lilyofthevalley for Erbology