I first visited the Chicago Botanic Garden two years ago and I immediately fell in love with it. How can you not? It's a premier institution and there's something for everyone. Us Spring Flingers were treated so nicely by their staff. Click here for a photo of the bloggers who attended our tour.
Where to begin? I'm sure you'll see similar photos from other bloggers who attended CSF so I hope you don't mind. We just can't pass up a good photo-op! I think what captured my attention so much were their plant combinations. Here's a few.
The English Walled Garden is a favorite of mine and many others (perhaps Americans still craving the English style of gardening??). As you walk through it you get a peek of the poppy hillside, seen in the middle background here.
Then the hillside explodes in front of you. What a riot of color!
I couldn't resist a photo of some of the bloggers I walked with: Cindy of From My Corner of Katy, Beth of Growing in Chicago, and Pam of Digging.
There are multiple islands in the garden, including this small Japanese Island on the right.
On the island they train their trees into some beautiful shapes.
As you cross a zig-zag bridge you come across these spectacular irises.
There were many restful places to enjoy.
The allium has been dubbed the flower of the Chicago Spring Fling. I admit to having allium-envy.
Of course, none of this beauty is possible without hard working people. A big thank you to them!