Senator Dick Durbin recently visited two west side locations where the Chicago Botanic Garden is training people to grow healthy food for their communities: the Windy City Harvest garden at the Arturo Valasquez Institute and the Cook County Boot Camp garden. He spoke with participants who are learning how to grow organic vegetables and sell them in communities that don’t have access to fresh produce. Visit chicagobotanic.org/windycityharvest for additional information.
Tom Soulsby tells us some interesting facts about the Victoria waterlily which is in bloom right now in the Heritage Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visit chicagobotanic.org/inbloom for more information about what’s in bloom now.
Boyce Tankersley, Director of Living Plant Documentation, shows us some of the best places to see fall color at the Chicago Botanic Garden right now. Come see the ever-changing fall display soon! Visit chicagobotanic.org/calendar for more information on fun fall events.
Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager, gives us an update on the Green Roof Garden one year after the opening of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. The Ellis Goodman Family Foundation Green Roof Garden South features regional and national native plants, many of which are not currently used as rooftop plants; the Josephine P. & John J. Louis Foundation Green Roof Garden North features a mix of plants known as good green roof plants, plus native and exotic plants that have potential for green roof use. Visit our website for more information.