Nestled in nearby Glencoe is a 385-acre living plant museum that’s picturesque all year long.
We’re talking about the Chicago Botanic Garden, and it’s found across nine islands in the Cook County Forest Preserves.
The garden opened more than forty years ago and has blossomed into one of the world’s greatest conservation centers.
Featuring one of the best collections of its type in the world, the Bonsai Garden features the cinnamon scent of the Asian star jasmine in the morning and after sunset when the fragrance intensifies. There are nearly two hundred bonsai trees in the collection, and some were gifts from the Midwest Bonsai Society as well as Japanese Bonsai Master Susumu Nakamura.
Spanning five acres, Evening Island features ever-changing highlights throughout the year. It’s an example of the New American Garden style of landscape design, and as visitors stroll along the stone pathways, they can take in sweeping vistas and spectacular sunsets.
The Heritage Garden pays tribute to the botanic gardens of yesteryear. Its circular space is divided into four quadrants, and the garden is dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus who founded the system of naming plants that’s still used today. Standing in the center is a signature water feature and a classic physic garden planted with medicinal plants from around the world.
Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden
Especially beautiful during the winter months, the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden is one of the botanical garden’s most popular attractions. It’s completely authentic and features pines trees pruned to give the illusion of age and plants that reflect the balance between the ephemeral existence of human life and nature’s timelessness.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is just one of the outdoor attractions near Preserve at Cantera. To call our community home, please contact our leasing agents who would love to give you a tour.Back to all posts