Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Life Skills
Glencoe, Glencoe, Illinois
(87 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.


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

(87 Reviews)
Shade Gardening Basics

Victoria L.

Attended: Shade Gardening Basics

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.

Macarons: Online Cook Along

Catherine S.

Attended: Macarons: Online Cook Along

I wish it was a bit longer so the instructor could have evaluated the finished product.

Backyard Design


Attended: Backyard Design

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.

Front Yard Design


Attended: Front Yard Design

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.

Residential Planting Design (Online)

Sarah M.

Attended: Residential Planting Design (Online)

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.

Houseplants 101


Attended: Houseplants 101

Excellent presentation. Very informative.

Introduction to Design Principles

Sarah M.

Attended: Introduction to Design Principles

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.

Get to Know Your Backyard Birds


Attended: Get to Know Your Backyard Birds

Lots of good information

Pate a Choux: Online Cook Along


Attended: Pate a Choux: Online Cook Along

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.

Front Yard Design

John Z.

Attended: Front Yard Design

Was not able to attend the class I had to work.

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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

Teachers at Chicago Botanic Garden

Aaron Bertelsen Abbie Groff Alan Anderson Alexis Datta Alicia Green Allen Rokach Amy Galper & Amy Anthony Andrew Wilson Andrew Bunting Andy McGhee Angela Thomas Waltman Angie McMonigal Anna Andersen Anna Gordon Anne Nies Anne Houde Anne Roberts Annie Novak Arthur Joura 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 Betsy Iversen Bill Shores Bim Willow Bob Kirschner & Heidi Natura Bonnie Cox Bonnie Arkin Brady Soule Brian Paul Lamotte & Andreas Laszlo Konrath Bridget Schrank Britt Calendo Bruce Bondy Bruce Iverson Bruce Iverson Burnstein Hall Carlos Barajas Carmen Vidal-Hallett Carol Vanhyfte Lawrence Carrie Schloss Cathy Thomas Charles and Karen Lorence Chester Jankowski Chris Beiser Chris Catalano Chris Baker Christina Swets Christine Shiel Claire Roos Claudia Lane Claudia Lane Courtney Hughes Craig Bergmann Cynthia Gran Dale Sievert Dan Bussey Dan Bussey Dan Pearson & Midori Shintani Daniel Domoleczny Daniela Titiu 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 Duygu Kazkondu Eddie Soloway Elise Robison Elizabeth Paine Ellen Phillips Emily Breidenbach Emily Paster Emma and Andrea Eric Strong Erica Hornthal Esther Gutierrez-Sloan Evan Hydzik Fergus Garrett Fran Vail Frances Vail Francine Gourguechon Gary Topalian Gary Lehman Gary Bregman Gary Gran Gilbert and Lesley Bruce Smith Giulianna Ciocca 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 Heidi Joynt Hilary Noble Hunter De Luc Iris Lutz Iris Allen Ivan Watters Jack Carlson Jack Carlson and Dave Cantwell Jackie Kendall Jaclyn Jacobs Jacob Burns James Villalpando Jamie Thome Janet Meakin Janet Trierweiller Janet Austin Janit Calvo Jay Taylor Jeane Cohen Jeff Gorra Jeff Epping Jeffrey True Jeffrey H. Bunn Jennifer Murtoff Jerrod Schober Jerry L. Garner Jessica Ellington Jessica Hannah Jill Jonnes Jill Selinger Jill Selinger and William Moss Jim Nau Jim Steffen Jim Steffen Jim Jabcon Jim Steffen Jodi Mariano John Eskandari John Raffeto John Pastoriza Pinol Jonathan Green Jordan Scherer Jordan Scherer and Taylor Cowan Judith Joseph Judy Logback Julia Zoltowsky Julia Bunn Julie Sajtar Julie Engleman Julie Siegel Juliet Liu Waite Justin Schmitz KaMele Sanchez Karen Thomson Kathe Stoepel Kathie Hayden Kathryn Deery Kathy Johnson Kay Thomas Kendall Jackie Kenny Larson Kerry Mendez Kimberly Mullarkey Kris De la Torre Kristina Smith Kristyn Moore Lauren Johnson Lauren "Lo" Bosworth Leah Mulder Lee Anne White Leslie Buck Linda Oyama Bryan Lisa Hilgenberg Lisa Beard Liz Rex Luciano Giubbilei Lydia Crespo Lynda Mapes Lynette Rodriguez Lynn Bement Lynn Quinn Maggie Meiners Manny Sanchez Manuel Sanchez Marian McNair Mark Dwyer Mark Heidelberger Mark Osgood Mark McMahon Mark Zampardo Marlene Hill Donnelly Marlene Hill Donelley Marta McDowell Mary Ann Spina Mary Kay Gill Mary-Beth Manning Marysol Ornelas Melanie Bromberek Melissa Leger Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michael Jeffords & Susan Post Michelle Maestre Michelle Maestre Mindy Silberg Moira OKeefe Molly Kobelt Molly Kobelt and Heidi Joynt Mui Baltrunas Nancy Clifton Nancy Halliday Nancy Haliday Natalie Boyett Natasha Lehrer Lewis Natasha Lehrer Natasha Lewis Natasha Lehrer Lehrer Nicholas Peterson Nichole Strafaci & Jennifer Fabos Patton Nikki Luna Paz Nikki Nigl Nina Koziol Nina Weiss Nina Koziol & Marcy Stewart-Pyziak Pam Tokowitz Pam Karlson Pam Gross & Lisa Hilgenberg Pamela Self Pamela Feldman Patrick Eccles Patrick Sbordone Patrick Leacock Patsy Welch Paul Krysik 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 Professor Drori R. Thomas Selinger Rachel Catlett Rafael Arredondo Richard Hawke Rick Darke Roberta Asher Robin Carlson Rochelle Wiedenhoeft & Korbin Paul Rowen White Roy Diblik Roy Diblik & Anatoliy Khmara Ruth Clausen Sally Peterson Sally Peterson Sandra Bacon Sandy Bulgrin Sarah Schultz Sean Kelley Sean Regan Shannon Catalano Sharon Washington Sharon Yiesla Sharyn Galindo Shawn Sheehy Shelley Galloway Sheryl DeVore Shilpi Saxena Stee Nakon Stephanie Rose Bird Steve Nakon Steve Bainley Steve Bailey Steve Nakon and Patricia Nakon Stevie Hanley Suzanne Walker Suzanne Wegener Tamara Mannelly Terese Hajduk Theresa Mieseler Thomas Soulsby Thomas Trausch Thomas Mikolajczyk Thomas Selinger 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 Tracey Buchman & Julie Engelman Valerie Gerdes Lemme Valerie Gerdes and Tim Lally Valerie Gerdes Lemme and Jeffrey True Valerie Lemme Gerdes Vivian Zapata Wade Wheatley Walker Jacobs Wicker Mui Wil Pilipauskas William Moss William Moss Moss
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