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Free Admission and FREE Parking at Chicago Botanic Garden – Starting June 9

The Chicago Botanic Garden is about to reopen with temporary FREE PARKING, beginning June 9.  Preregistration will be required for timed entry, and for this time period, parking is free for all visitors.


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“This will allow all to experience the Garden, the power of plants, and the respite that nature provides while still maintaining safe social distancing,” Chicago Botanic Garden said in a statement. “Keeping the safety of everyone in mind, a perimeter walk will be open, allowing visitors to get out and walk a 2.3-mile loop of the Garden. The route includes views of the North Lake, vistas of the Malott Japanese Garden, and close-ups of spring blooms in Dixon Prairie and the McDonald Woods,” they said.



Chicago Botanic Garden plans to open the Garden more broadly starting June 24, subject to change.  “The health and safety of our community of visitors, staff, and volunteers—as well as our community at large—remains our top priority. We will continue to monitor the guidelines from health authorities and public officials during the COVID-19 health crisis,” the Garden said in a statement.

Check out more details on the Chicago Botanic Garden website.


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Make sure to check out the MAGNOLIAS –   Of all the flowering shrubs and trees, the most evocative of spring is Magnolia.   An ancient woody plant, with a fossil record that dates back 100 million years, magnolia has a simple but large and showy flower structure, with six or more tepals (neither petal nor sepal) spiraling in whorls. White and pink flowers are well known, but there are yellow, purple, and wine cultivars, plus near-orange and near-red.

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