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WHPS Chicago Botanic Garden and Private Gardens Bus Trip

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WHPS Chicago Botanic Garden and Private Gardens Bus Trip

On this one day trip to Illinois, we will be visiting two private gardens and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Tour Times and Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019. We will leave at approximately 7AM and return at approximately 6:30PM, departing/returning from the South Towne parking lot.

Tour Leader:Peggy Lemon, 608-381-5037

Cost: $36 per person ($12 membership fee for non-members)

Registration Deadline: June 26, 2019

Included:Bus and driver tip, bus parking fee. Chicago Botanic Garden admission is free.

Not included:Tram rides at Chicago Botanic Garden. Lunch is on your own. There is a picnic area in the parking lot for sack lunch from home, or there is a cafe/restaurant available in the garden. No food is allowed in the gardens. Prices appear to be in the $10-$15 range.There will be NO water or beverages on the bus – please plan accordingly and bring your own refillable water bottle or beverage for the day.

Traveler Fitness: Travelers should be in reasonably good health, able to board a motorcoach in a timely manner, climb stairs, and walk moderate distances over sometimes uneven ground and in inclement weather.

Liability: By registering for this trip, you agree to release Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society, trip tour guide and board members from any liability for loss or injury of any kind on this tour.

Refunds: Refunds may be requested until June 26th. All refunds will be paid via check. If you originally paid online, you will be refunded the trip cost but will forfeit your transaction fee. Contact wisconsinhps@gmail.com to cancel your spot and request a refund.


Sights we will visit on this trip:

Janice Becker Garden, Deerfield, IL
Janice Becker's garden is a self-described plant lover's garden. It has grown over 20 years to accommodate a wide variety of plants and garden beds. Anchored by 7 old oak trees, it is primarily a shade perennial garden including: hellebore, epimedium, ligularia, actea, disporum, and hosta. There is a small crevice garden, gravel garden, and scree garden.

The Nicole Williams/Larry Becker Garden, Glencoe, IL
This garden includes a beautiful remnant of an old bridge that survived from a former estate garden designed by Jens Jensen.

The Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
The Chicago Botanic Garden covers 385 acres with multiple gardens. There are 26 gardens and 4 natural areas, including an aquatic garden, bonsai garden, English walled garden, Japanese garden, sensory garden, native plant garden, fruit and vegetable garden, and prairie. There are optional tram tours available for $8/$7 seniors. They are narrated and take 30 minutes. One is a perimeter tour/overview. The other is of the island and has a garden focus. You will arrange for these independently on arrival.

Other considerations: Wheelchairs are available and free. Electric scooters are available for a cost. Their website is very informative and will help you focus your trip. The Chicago Botanic Garden has an app, available through Google Play or iTunes Store called Garden Guide. It is very informative and includes audio tours for some of the gardens, highlights what's in bloom, features a plant search and much, much more.


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