Gittin' r 'Dun
Right Now - May 2015

A Visit to a Must-See Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden isn't all that far from my house.

Probably . . . about a 3 hour drive.

But it's a rather nasty 3 hour drive.  (All the way through Chicago. . . past O'Hare airport . . . and into the northern suburbs.)

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So, when I found a charter bus day trip, I thought it would be the perfect way to visit the Gardens.  I could let someone else do the driving, and I could still enjoy a day exploring one of my Must-See gardens.  I talked my Mom into coming with me (although, really, it didn't take much talking-into at all).

The weather (as I've mentioned) was pretty crappy.  Cold.  Cloudy.  Breezy.  But . . . at least it didn't rain until we were on the way home.

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Although it might have been nicer to see the Gardens on a good-weather day, we did enjoy an almost private experience.  Really . . . everyone else stayed home . . . or sat on the bus.  (Because inappropriate clothing.)

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By Mom and I were dressed for the weather in layers and heavy coats and hand knits.

We had a great time!

We had a surprisingly delightful tour of the vegetable gardens.  (We didn't expect to be WOWed, but we were.)

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We were delighted by the English Walled Garden (and it was surprisingly warm . . . being walled and all).

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(In case you're curious, these Dr. Seuss looking plants are Echium 'Pink Fountain' or Tower of Jewels.  More information here.) (Those are lupines in front.) 

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(And, yeah.  That's a poppy field there in the back . . . )

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We visited the bonsai exhibit . . . 

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 and were charmed by the Railroad Garden.

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But, without a doubt, my favorite thing of the entire day . . . was the Japanese Garden.


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(Here's my Mom . . . losing her evil spirits on the ZigZag Bridge!)

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Despite the crappy weather, we had a fabulous day.  (The Chicago Botanic Garden is open 365 days a year -- always beautiful; always different.  Just be sure to dress appropriately!)

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So glad I got a chance to see one of my Must-See gardens!


 

 

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