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.
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.
This was a very good class that provided a lot of materials and specific plant names. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is it was entirely specific to environments east of the Mississippi. I should have known that since it was offered from Chicago, but maybe the region should be included in the title. Most all of the plants discussed could not survive in the arid environments, even in the shade, of the west.
I wish it was a bit longer so the instructor could have evaluated the finished product.
Tons of repeated information. Mostly about working with contractors and very little information for how to actually design (tips for drawing plans, etc) and all pics/examples were from professional/contracted work. I wish it had included more for those of us planning to do simple things ourselves instead of enormous, expensive renovations.
There was about 75% repeat information from previous classes. I was hoping for more “how to” like planning and execution, indifferent garden bed shapes, etc.
I really like the content and structure of the course, and the instructor is excellent. He does a nice job of demonstrating concepts with relevant examples and adds a lot of valuable insight along the way. The only thing that is a little disappointing is that there is a bit of redundancy between the sessions because - while it’s a 5-part series - some people are only signed up for individual sessions and therefore need information provided in previous sessions. That’s more a comment about the structure, less about the instructor.
Excellent presentation. Very informative.
Very informative! The instructor provided just the right amount of detail on the primary concepts/principles of the course and backed them up with easily accessible examples. The pace and content of the course was just what I was looking for.
Lots of good information
I have taken 3 classes so far with this instructor. She is thorough and runs a great class. I have learned several complicated baking techniques from her including croissants and have expanded my skills considerably.
Was not able to attend the class I had to work.
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