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Chicago Botanic Garden 

One of the premier and most extensive botanic gardens in the country, this garden north of Chicago near Lake Michigan has many types of diverse gardens  with sample photos below from fall 2003.  Visit their website for more information on all 26 of the gardens, extensive educational programs, library, shop, trials, and more.

dahlias, pond and fountain

water feature, Heritage garden
this garden celebrates the history of botanic gardens with gardens by plant families, by geographic region, and by medicinal uses; shown here are South American water platters

Train garden
an extensive garden for outdoor G-scale trains, run during 3 seasons, featuring over 1/4 mile of track, and often 10 trains running at a time on various tracks; more photos can be seen elsewhere on this site


meadow garden

small pond

rock garden

natural areas, arboretum

formal garden

English walled garden
actually 6 gardens in one, depicting various periods, designed by the noted John Brookes

Gardening by touch
as part of the horticultural therapy gardens, this one for those visually challenged

Wall gardens
gardens hanging on walls, for those pysically challenged, part of above gardens

Indoor conservatory

Formal parterre

English wall perennial border


perennial trials
it is from these trials and breeding area that new coneflowers (Echinacea) are being developed, such as the orange Meadowbrite

vista from English garden

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