Chicago Botanic Garden Presents 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Chicago Botanic Garden Presents 40th Anniversary Exhibition
November 16, 2012 through February 10, 2013


GLENCOE, Ill. (September 5, 2012)- This has been a landmark year for the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is celebrating 40 years of educating visitors about plants and the natural world. Over the past four decades, the Garden has grown from a simple idea to a living museum with more than 2.4 million plants and featuring numerous classes, youth programs, art exhibitions and more.

The Garden Turns 40: Documenting Our Past, Planning For The Future takes a look at the evolution of the Chicago Botanic Garden. From groundbreaking in 1965 to the opening of the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden in 2012, the exhibition will give visitors a closer look at how the Garden went from an undeveloped parcel of Forest Preserve District of Cook County land to the landmark it is today.

Highlights of the exhibition include an 1890 book of minutes and records of the Chicago Horticultural Society which includes major influencers; issues of the member magazine, Garden Talks, from as far back as the 1940’s; a Japanese-style design used to develop the zigzag bridge in the Japanese Garden; and early photos.

Lenhardt Library Director Leora Siegel will also give a free talk about the exhibition on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. in the Lenhardt Library.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free. Select event fees apply. Parking is $20 per car; free for Garden members. For information about Garden programs and events, call (847) 835-5440, or visit


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