Located within the Cook County Forest Preserves is a picturesque 385-acre living plant museum known as the Chicago Botanic Garden. It opened more than forty years ago and according to the garden’s website, it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. There are twenty-seven gardens and four natural areas that draw nearly one million visitors every year and some of what you can see near Mondial River West includes:
The Circle Garden – Named for its circular boundary, this garden is known for its unusual combinations of annuals, which change every season. It also features trees and shrubs, as well as a central dancing fountain with two intimate secret gardens off to each side.
Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden – Spanning seventeen acres, the breathtaking Japanese garden includes three islands, two of which are open to the public. It showcases ginkgo trees, irises, plums, and rhododendrons, along with pine trees which represent longevity in Japanese culture.
Heritage Garden – The Heritage Garden is said to pay tribute to the botanic gardens of the past and the manner in which they organized and displayed plants. It’s modeled after Europe’s first botanical garden in Padua, Italy, and it boasts seven perimeter beds that display plants based on their geographic region and a signature water feature with cascading sheets of water.
Krasberg Rose Garden – When all 5,000 roses are in bloom, they’re a sight not to be missed. It’s one of the most popular gardens and the best time to visit is in the morning when the roses are the most fragrant.Back to all posts