Visit Chicago Botanic Gar­den

Birds & Blooms - - Contents - BY JILL STAAKE

1 Pam­per your in­ner An­glophile with a stroll through the English Walled Gar­den. Six gar­den rooms over­flow with blooms that evoke feel­ings of ro­mance and whimsy, from the wis­te­ria-laden Per­gola Gar­den to the tra­di­tional Cottage Gar­den burst­ing with flow­ers.

Head through the Lake­side Gar­dens and across a bridge to Evening Is­land. Wan­der 5 acres of sweep­ing ter­races and nat­u­ral­is­tic flow­er­ing gar­dens, crowned with car­il­lon bells. Views of the sur­round­ing lakes are un­par­al­leled, es­pe­cially dur­ing sum­mer sun­sets.

Adults and kids alike love the Na­ture Play Gar­den, with boul­ders and rolling hills for climb­ing, tun­nels for ex­plor­ing and plants and trees to stim­u­late the senses. The nearby Chil­dren’s Grow­ing Gar­den pro­vides hands-on hor­ti­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences for the en­tire fam­ily.

The ro­man­tic and charm­ing English Walled Gar­dens are a must-see.

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