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ACGA Board Member Rory Klick - In Chicago Botanic Garden Article

  • Subject: [cg] ACGA Board Member Rory Klick - In Chicago Botanic Garden Article
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 08:48:34 EST

Daily Features 
ONE TANK TRIP: Chicago Botanic Garden --

Since 1890, the Chicago Horticultural Society has been encouraging gardening 
and helping gardeners. The organization broke ground for the Chicago Botanic 
Garden in 1965, and it was several years in development before it opened in 
1972. The society's goals include expanding its collection, educating members and 
the public and encouraging research. Its collection includes nearly 2 million 
plants, ranging from trees to bulbs. And right now, it's full of holiday 
blooms, wreaths and spirit. 


The main reason to visit is to see the plants. Among seasonal displays are 
poinsettias and wreaths in the Garden's North Gallery. In the Great Hall is a 
display of decorated trees and more poinsettias.

In the Education Greenhouses, you can see aloes, amaryllis and kalanchoes, 
among other blooming plants. In the outside gardens, there are colorful 
crabapple and winterberry fruits, richly hued bark, twigs and ornamental grasses.


A chance to see 26 gardens ranging from aquatic and bulb gardens to a 
waterfall garden is a big reason to make a trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. 
Another is the chance to get ideas for your own home garden.

But the Garden is, in fact, more than just a gardening resource. Beginning in 
mid-January, The Garden Cafe will host a "guest chef" series will include 
lessons in French, Italian, Spanish, and Asian specialties. Cost for the sessions 
with the chefs are $85 each for non-members.

THE KIDS WILL LIKE Lots of children love gardening and will enjoy the chance 
to see plants they might not have near their homes. Rory Klick, the Chicago 
Botanic Garden's Manager of Community Gardening, in an article on the Garden Web 
site, writes, "Gardens are places of discovery, perfect for digging up worms 
or finding a spider web decorated with dew."YOU'LL LIKE ...Families may enjoy 
the Garden's current "Celebrations" events. There are three more brunches with 
cookie decorating scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 1 and 2. 
The buffet meal features carved meats, salads and cooked vegetables, fresh 
breads and more. You'll also be able to decorate - and eat - holiday cookies. Cost 
is $18.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Younger children 
will be admitted free. Be sure to call (847) 835-6900 to check on reservations. 



GETTING THEREFrom Freeport, go east on U.S. 20 to the I-90 entrance near 
Rockford. Take I-90 toward Chicago. The Garden Web site says, "From I-90, take 
I-294 toward Wisconsin. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel east four miles to the 
Garden." The Chicago Botanic Garden is at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 
about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago.

GETTING INAdmission is free, but there is a charge for parking - $10 per car. 
There is a special rate - $5.75 per car - for senior citizens on Tuesdays. No 
pets are allowed in the Garden.While it is closed today, it is otherwise open 
daily from 8 a.m. to about sunset. Through Jan. 1, closing will be at 5 
p.m.GETTING MORE To learn more about the Chicago Botanic Garden, call (847) 

or check the Web site at www.chicagobotanic.org.

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