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Celebrating National Public Gardens Day

This Friday, May 11, take a trip to one of Chicagoland’s gardens and arboretums celebrating National Public Gardens Day. Public gardens play an important role in promoting horticulture, environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, as well as community education. They serve as an inspiration and outdoor retreat for gardeners and nature enthusiasts. In addition, public gardens involve in:

  • Preservation of horticulture species
  • Development of hardy disease resistant plants
  • Encouraging native wildlife habitats
  • Celebrating all things nature and the outdoors

Most public gardens normally charge a small fee for admission or parking, but this Friday, visitors can get a free pass to any of the gardens listed below. Be sure to check the websites for directions, parking information and most importantly, an overview of what to expect. Wear comfortable walking shoes and allow ample time to stroll through the gardens or participate in one of the many activities these locations have to offer.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
847. 835.5440| http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
630.668.5161 | http://www.cantigny.org/
Hours: 7 am to Sunset (The in-bound park gate closes one hour prior to sunset.)

Elmhurst College Arboretum
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3296
http://public.elmhurst.edu/collections/arboretum

The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
630-968-0074 | http://www.mortonarb.org/

Other Illinois public gardens participating in the event include:

Rockford area public gardens:

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