One of the joys of living near a big city, in my opinion, are the public botanic gardens. Among my favorites in the U.S. are the Japanese Gardens of San Francisco and the English Gardens of Roanoke Island in North Carolina. If I ever go back, I’d love to take photos of the splendors there. In Chicago, we have one of the nicest and largest I’ve ever seen at the Chicago Botanic Garden located in Glencoe, IL. Visiting these and any gardens or even an arboretum near your home is a great way to enjoy a staycation, or a vacation within your city. Since I’m not originally from Chicago, I always feel like I’m on vacation when I get to see new and exciting things that we don’t have in my native Ohio. Besides, you can get fresh air and a nice relaxing walk.
This is the greenhouse, home to the many wonderful tropical plants grown at these gardens. Because it was a chilly day, it would have been a great idea to enter the greenhouse, but I was much more interested in the outdoor foliage.
My mother’s favorite flower is the tulip so I had to get a close up of these gorgeous colors just for her.
Do you know what kind of plant this is? Have you ever seen anything like this before?
Entrance to the beautiful English-inspired gardens.
Here in the Midwest, we’re used to seeing the Robin bird, but for some reason he became so interesting to me.
I absolutely love these yellow flowers.
The majestic magnolia tree is always one of my favorites.
Magnolia flower up-close.
If you live close to the Chicago Botanic Garden, or any public garden near your home I hope these photos inspire you to take a visit, enjoy a walk and the splendors given to us by our Creator. If you’d like to become a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the most inexpensive way to do so costs $70 per year and includes free parking for one car (usually $20 each time you visit) and has some other great benefits such as a free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine and some free gifts and great discounts on events, classes and the cafe at the gardens. If you have any questions about the plants in the garden or where they’re located, go to the Plant Information desk. They will help answer your question, and you don’t have to be a member for this service. What a great cause to support- beautification of the earth and the preservation of so much botanical diversity.