We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great horticultural display gardens and living museums. In 2014, over one million people visited the Garden’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands. The permanent plant collection contains about 2.6 million plants of 9,700 taxa.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members—one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. The Garden is known for its innovative education and plant conservation science programs. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Lenhardt Library at the Garden contains 110,000 volumes—including one of the nation’s best collections of rare botanical books.