June 7: World Environment Day

PHOTO: Horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg answers questions from visitors.Did you know that Sat., June 7th is World Environment Day? The Chicago Botanic Garden will have activities all day for the whole family. For full details, see the Chicago Botanic Garden website HERE.

  • Meet the scientists and check out plant science in action at the Plant Science Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Kids won’t want to miss ecologist Jim Steffen’s display about native spider identification and how spiders can be pollinators.) Learn more about prairie management and Chicago’s native bees, and get a butterfly weed plant to grow in your garden to help support monarch butterflies.
  • Meet the “horts,” who will cover topics including organic vegetable gardening, water-wise gardening, butterfly gardening, ecofriendly lawn care, successful composting, and many more, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Learn more about raising bees and take home a white cherry heirloom tomato seedling, too!
  • Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen & Social House cooks with seasonal and locally grown produce at the Garden Chef Series, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater.
  • Family drop-in activities are ongoing, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Esplanade, the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, and the Kleinman Family Cove.
  • Our own Windy City Harvest sells fresh, organically grown produce harvested from our Fruit & Vegetable Garden and the farm’s urban garden sites.
  • New this Year: Don’t miss this opportunity to recycle a variety of consumer electronics and all those plastic pots and flats from your garden, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in parking lot 4.

Hope to see you there!