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Chicago's official motto is Urbs in horto (meaning "City in a Garden"). Here are some of the best places to see gardens in and around the city!
|Chicago Botanic Garden||Glencoe||IL||385||3.9|
|Lincoln Park Conservatory||Chicago||IL||3||13.7|
|Lincoln Park Zoo||Chicago||IL||35||13.9|
|Garfield Park Conservatory||Chicago||IL||5||15.3|
|The Gardens at Ball||West Chicago||IL||6||29.6|
|International Friendship Gardens||Michigan City||IN||100||51.7|
|Taltree Arboretum & Gardens||Valparaiso||IN||360||54.9|
|Boerner Botanical Garden||Milwaukee||WI||1000||59.2|
|Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve||Niles||MI||105||73.6|
|Rotary Botanical Gardens||Janesville||WI||20||75.5|
|Wellfield Botanic Gardens||Elkhart||IN||36||94.7|
|Madison Olbrich Botanic Garden||Madison||WI||16||105.9|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum||Madison||WI||35||107.6|
|Purdue Arboretum||West Lafayette||IN||24||123.5|
|Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park||Grand Rapids||MI||158||124.8|
|Fell Arboretum at Illinois State University||Normal||IL||490||127.9|
|Illinois Wesleyan University Arboretum||Bloomington||IL||80||129.2|
|Leila Arboretum||Battle Creek||MI||72||129.9|
|Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden||Peoria||IL||5||135.2|
|Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden||Mahomet||IL||5||136.8|
|University of Illinois Arboretum||Urbana||IL||160||141.3|
|Vander Veer Botanical Park||Davenport||IA||33||151.2|
|Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens||Dubuque||IA||52||154.9|
|Green Bay Botanical Garden||Green Bay||WI||47||168.3|
|W. J. Beal Botanical Garden||East Lansing||MI||5||171.2|
|White River Gardens||Indianapolis||IN||3||180.9|
|Springfield Washington Park Botanical Garden||Springfield||IL||20||189.6|
|Nichols Arboretum||Ann Arbor||MI||123||205.4|
|Matthaei Botanical Gardens||Ann Arbor||MI||300||208.7|
|Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park||Traverse City||MI||25||210.2|
|Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University||Bloomington||IN||5||212.6|
|For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum||Burton||MI||383||219.3|
|Schedel Arboretum & Gardens||Elmore||OH||17||232.2|
|Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens||Waterloo||IA||35||235.4|
|University of Northern Iowa Botanical Center||Cedar Falls||IA||243.1|
|Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark||Dayton||OH||243.3|
|Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory||Detroit||MI||243.4|
|Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden||Cincinnati||OH||85||265.5|
|Boone County Arboretum||Union||KY||121||268.5|
|Missouri Botanical Garden||St. Louis||MO||75||275.4|
We try very hard to source exactly what you’d like, but sometimes growers run out of plants! While this variety is a great deal at the price shown, we know that it has limited availability. If you want the plant even if it might be more expensive, or in a different size or quantity -- after you place your order, just send us a quick note at email@example.com. Then, we’ll try to get you some version of this from one of our growers. And if we can’t get it from anywhere, of course, we’ll send a refund!
Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.
Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.
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