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Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe, IL
Pictures & visitor information from a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden located in Glencoe near Chicago, Illinois.

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The Chicago Botanic Garden is located about 20 miles north of downtown Chicago at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe IL 60022.

Admission into this attraction is complimentary but parking costs $20 per vehicle. Members are allowed to park for free with membership fees starting at $70 per year.

We visited during spring time in late May when the sun was shining and the temperature was in the mid 70's. Unfortunately, we only had about an hour to walk around the grounds and only saw a few of the main areas.

The Chicago Botanic Garden covers 385 acres of lush land with 23 display gardens, 3 natural preserve areas, several greenhouses and various seasonal displays throughout the year.

Visitors are welcome on the grounds from 8 AM to sunset every day of the year except for December 25th.

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Some of the distinct areas within this attraction include the Aquatic Garden, the Bonsai Collection, the Circle Garden, the Bulb Garden, the Dwarf Conifer Garden, the Crescent Garden, the Enabling Garden, the English Oak Meadow, the English Walled Garden, the Esplanade, the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, the Evening Island, the Greenhouses, the Heritage Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Landscape Gardens, the Lakeside Gardens, the Model Railroad Garden, the McDonald Woods, the Native Plant Garden, the River Valley, the Prairie, the Rose Garden, the Sensory Garden, Spider Island, the Shade Evaluation Garden, the Sun Evaluation Garden, the Waterfall Garden and the Water Gardens.
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To take a break from the sun there are a few places on the grounds that offer some shade such as the Production Greenhouses, the Research Offices, the Shoin House, the Arbor House, Picnic Glen, the Rose Terrace, the Regenstein Center, the McGinley Pavilion, the Chicago Botanic Garden Visitor Center, and the Children's Learning Center. The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center is currently under construction and should be completed by late September 2009.
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The Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a variety of events each year including the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, the Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society Show & Sale, the Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale, the Midwest Fruit Explorers Grafting Workshop, the Sogetsu Ikebana Show, the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Lecture, the American Daffodil Society National Show & Convention, the Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society Show & Sale, the Central States Dahlia Society Sale, the American Rhododendron Society Midwest Chapter Show & Sale, the Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show, the Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Show & Sale, and the Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale.
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But that's not all. There are more events such as Camp CBG, Landmarks of America in the Railroad Garden, the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden Children's Festival, the Fairchild Challenge, the Science First program, College First, the Green Youth Farm, Scout Programs, the Annual Job Fair, the Volunteer Opportunity Fair, the Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend, Spring Garden Walks, Mother's Day Brunch, Plant Conservation Day, the Wine Festival, the Farmer's Market, the Carillon Concert Series, the Dancin' Sprouts children's music event, Music on the Esplanade, Hot Summer Nights, the Barilla Italian Cooking Weekend, the Kite Festival, the Mid-America Bonsai Show & Sale, the All About Peppers Weekend, and the Roadside Flower Show Workshops & Sale.
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Japanese Gardens
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Shoin House
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Heritage Garden
For more of my related photo albums, please visit the following links: Chicago Aerial Photos, John Hancock Observatory Downtown Chicago & The Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier Amusement Park, Westin Hotel 909 N. Michigan, Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Cosley Animal Farm, and Dawes Lakefront Beach Park.

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