Chicago Botanical Gardens

Chicago Botanical Gardens

Mission and History We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than one million people visited the Garden’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden’s Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 110,000 volumes—including one of the nation’s best collections of rare botanical books.HistoryThe Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back to the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. Using the motto Urbs in Horto, meaning “city in a garden,” the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows; its third was the World’s Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world’s fair held in October 1893.After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.ArchitectureFrom its founding, the Garden has hired leading architects, beginning with John O. Simonds and Geoffrey Rausch, who created the master plan. Edward Larabee Barnes designed the Education Center in 1976, known today as the Regenstein Center. The Japanese Garden, Sansho-En, was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana in 1975 and dedicated in 1982 (today it is the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden). Dedicated in 1991, the English Walled Garden was designed by British landscape designer John Brookes. The Plant Science Center, which opened in 2009, was the work of designer/architect Booth Hansen. Throughout its existence, the Chicago Botanic Garden has developed gardens and educational facilities with a meticulous eye toward its original mission.The Chicago Botanic Garden’s 40th anniversary website includes a timeline of significant events, historical photos, and opportunities for community members to share their experiences at the Garden.
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Chicago Botanical Gardens

We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than one million people visited the Garden’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden’s Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 110,000 volumes—including one of the nation’s best collections of rare botanical books.HistoryThe Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back to the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. Using the motto Urbs in Horto, meaning “city in a garden,” the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows; its third was the World’s Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world’s fair held in October 1893.After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.ArchitectureFrom its founding, the Garden has hired leading architects, beginning with John O. Simonds and Geoffrey Rausch, who created the master plan. Edward Larabee Barnes designed the Education Center in 1976, known today as the Regenstein Center. The Japanese Garden, Sansho-En, was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana in 1975 and dedicated in 1982 (today it is the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden). Dedicated in 1991, the English Walled Garden was designed by British landscape designer John Brookes. The Plant Science Center, which opened in 2009, was the work of designer/architect Booth Hansen. Throughout its existence, the Chicago Botanic Garden has developed gardens and educational facilities with a meticulous eye toward its original mission.The Chicago Botanic Garden’s 40th anniversary website includes a timeline of significant events, historical photos, and opportunities for community members to share their experiences at the Garden.
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Chicago Botanical Gardens

The first generation of sustainable gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden were the victory gardens of World Wars I and II. Today’s gardens incorporate food and paper scrap composting, sustainable irrigation, and a minimal use of fertilizer and pesticides. The Chicago Botanic Garden also encourages others to garden sustainably by composting food waste, installing backyard rain barrels, using native plants, removing invasive species, and establishing perennials. The Windy City Harvest program offers workshops in sustainable urban horticulture and urban agriculture.

Chicago Botanical Gardens

The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden’s Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 110,000 volumes—including one of the nation’s best collections of rare botanical books.
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Chicago Botanical Gardens

REU PROGRAM Applications are now closed for the 2017 season. The REU 2017 Program will run June 8, 2017 to August 18, 2017. _________________________________________________ Dates of Interest; Thank you for applying to our program. We had over 300 applicants for our positions. Below is our proposed timeline for hiring applicants for this summer.  Feb 22nd – We will review of applicants; once all transcripts and Recommendations are in.  Mar 1st-7th – Mentors will interview potential applicants.  March 21st – Offers to be sent out.  The Chicago Botanic Garden, with colleagues from partner institutions, hosts a ten-week summer research experience. This program offers undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation. Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,000 stipend.  Student work will be based out of our new, well-equipped laboratories in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. Students will be trained in all stages of research, from hypothesis formulation through experimental design, data collection, analysis, and ultimately presentation of results through a public research symposium. Additionally, there may be opportunities to present at national scientific meetings or publish findings in peer-reviewed journals. REU interns will interact closely with doctoral and master’s degree students from the joint Chicago Botanic Garden–Northwestern University Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation and other graduate programs. Participants will also be encouraged to serve as research mentors for teens attending Chicago Public Schools and participating in the Garden’s College First program. Interns will also participate in field trips, workshops, and professional development activities. For questions not answered on our website, contact info@cbgreu.org.   REU Site: Plant Biology & Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates – From Genes to Ecosystems. (Supported by NSF awards DBI-0353752, DBI-0648972, DBI-1062675 and DBI-1461007)
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Chicago Botanical Gardens

The Chicago Botanic Garden, with colleagues from partner institutions, hosts a ten-week summer research experience. This program offers undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation. Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,000 stipend.  Student work will be based out of our new, well-equipped laboratories in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. Students will be trained in all stages of research, from hypothesis formulation through experimental design, data collection, analysis, and ultimately presentation of results through a public research symposium. Additionally, there may be opportunities to present at national scientific meetings or publish findings in peer-reviewed journals. REU interns will interact closely with doctoral and master’s degree students from the joint Chicago Botanic Garden–Northwestern University Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation and other graduate programs. Participants will also be encouraged to serve as research mentors for teens attending Chicago Public Schools and participating in the Garden’s College First program. Interns will also participate in field trips, workshops, and professional development activities. For questions not answered on our website, contact info@cbgreu.org.   REU Site: Plant Biology & Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates – From Genes to Ecosystems. (Supported by NSF awards DBI-0353752, DBI-0648972, DBI-1062675 and DBI-1461007)

Chicago Botanical Gardens

Chicago Botanical Gardens

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