Last week, my friend Lisa and I, visited the Chicago Botanical Garden. It is a magical and beautiful place that I have never visited so close to my home. I don’t know anything about plants, flowers, vegetation, foliage, trees, I could literally go on forever, but my eyes like pretty things. So, I thought I would share my experience and some pics I took with my iPhone.
What is a Botanical Garden?
A botanical garden is a collection of usually a large variety of plants for display, education and scientific research. This particular garden is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, in the village of Glencoe, IL. The Chicago Botanical Garden opened to the public in 1972, contains over 2 million plants and 385 acres. It’s massive.
From the southwest suburbs it took us about an hour to get to the garden. Chicago traffic is something to behold. For non-Cook county residents the fee is $25.00 to park but admission is free. We went on a Friday morning to avoid the pending afternoon thunderstorms and it wasn’t super crowded. Who doesn’t want to spend a spring morning at a botanical garden?
I forgot to bring my DSLR camera, so I challenged myself to take some great photos with my iPhone 7 plus. It was not very difficult to get some decent shots because we were in a magical garden surrounded by beautiful flowers and nature. Plus, my phone’s camera is actually pretty good especially using the Portrait setting which gives great depth effect (blurry background).
We walked for as long as human beings have been on planet Earth. No really, my feet hurt. But, we had a great time exploring thegardens, learning about plants and laughing a lot, cause thats what we do. There are 27 gardens in this place to explore, from the food garden to the greenhouses to the waterfall garden. There is a special display going on in one of the greenhouses featuring two plants called Corpse Flowers. These huge plants stood several feet tall and were going to get even taller. They looked super cool but once they bloom they give off the scent of decaying flesh. Hence the name, Corpse Flower. Neat, huh?
If you are in the area, I definitely suggest checking out the Chicago Botanical Garden. There were a ton of kids there, so I think it would be fun for the whole family. For more information about the Chicago Botanical Garden you can visit there website here. Let me know if you have ever visited a botanical garden and what was your favorite plant. Mine were the purple ones…:)