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One Day on Earth: 24 Hours in the Chicago Botanic Garden

Julie McCaffrey —  December 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

Two Garden staffers set out to capture 12 hours of the Chicago Botanic Garden on 12-12-2012 to submit to the One Day on Earth project. It turned out to be an ideal day to capture winter beauty with clear skies and lots of wildlife. We saw the lights at the Lake Cook Road entrance while it was still dark, the sunrise over the Malott Japanese Garden, gorgeous morning sun on the display gardens, the indoor Wonderland Express exhibition, the sunset over the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, the holiday lights on The Esplanade and the indoor Greenhouses. Wonderland Express is open through Jan. 6, 2013, so don’t miss it!


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Harriet Resnick tells us about the collaborative process of setting up Wonderland Express. She also highlights family programs at the Garden!

The trains, buildings and snow in Wonderland Express — don’t miss experiencing it yourself in person!

Check out the three new features of the Wonderland Express exhibition surrounded with beautiful holiday plants! Watch for Michelle Obama’s childhood home, the Obama family’s Kenwood home and the Union Stockyard’s Old Stone Gate. Over 80 Chicago landmarks are featured in the exhibition. Learn more at chicagobotanic.org/wonderland.

We’re taking you behind the scenes to see what it takes to put together the 10,000-square-foot Wonderland Express exhibition. Crews were cleaning up and repairing the Chicago landmark buildings before they’re placed in the exhibition. Watch to see this year’s new features and learn about their natural building materials.