Illinois Gardens

Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden

English Walled Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden

More than one million visitors make Chicago Botanic Garden the 2nd most visited in the U.S.

Chicago: Garfield Park Conservatory

Orchids_Garfield Park Conservatory

Landscape art under glass in Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory

Evanston: Ladd Arboretum and Ecology Center

Ladd Arboretum

Beautiful trails throughout the arboretum, plus Ecology Center

Evanston: Merrick Rose Garden

Evanston, Illinois Merrick Rose Garden The Merrick Rose Garden, an All American Rose Selections (AARS) display garden, features approximately 2,000 roses and 200 varieties. [ info ]

Evanston: Shakespeare Garden

Evanston, Illinois Shakespeare Garden Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Northwestern University’s Shakespeare Garden, designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen, can be found on its Evanston campus. The 70- by-100-foot garden features flowers, herbs, and plants mentioned in the Bard’s plays. It was established in 1915 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s […]

Lisle: The Morton Arboretum

Lisle, Illinois The Morton Arboretum The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 3,400 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. [ info ]

Rock Island: Quad City Botanical Garden

Rock Island, Illinois Quad City Botanical Garden Built next to the Mississippi River in downtown Rock Island, the Garden offers a 6,444 square foot tropical Sun Garden conservatory, the outdoor Scott County Regional Authority Conifer Garden highlighting rare and unusual varieties, and a medley of perennial gardens. The 6,444 square foot Sun Garden features islands […]

Rockford: Anderson Japanese Gardens

Rockford, Illinois Anderson Japanese Gardens Established in 1978 by industrialist John R. Anderson, it was inspired by Anderson’s trips to Japan and his visit to Portland’s Japanese Garden. Japanese landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu assisted Anderson with the design and today this beautiful 12-acre garden is regarded as one of the highest-quality Japanese garden in North […]

Rockford: Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden


Can you spot the Klehm Arboretum & Garden mascots during your visit?

Springfield: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center

Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center Lincoln Memorial Garden was founded in the early 1930s through the combined vision and efforts of civic leader Harriet Knudson and renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. All the plants found at the Garden are native to the three states Lincoln lived in – Kentucky, Indiana and […]