40 Spectacular Botanic Gardens, Arboretums, and Conservatories in and around Chicago-land for Photography

Finally, it's photography season! (cue the trumpets!) Time to dust off your lenses and clear off your memory cards. I've spent all winter researching and compiling a list of the places I want to visit this year with my mom (who is a blossoming photographer herself) as a kind of photography/garden bucket list. There are a ton of places in and near Chicago to check out and and many are just a short drive away. There are few a little further away that I haven’t been to yet, like the Rotary Garden in Janesville, Green Bay Botanic Garden, and a few in Indiana that I'm excited to visit. Road Trip!

40 best botanic gardens in the chicago land area


Here's my list of the best botanic gardens, arboretums, and conservatories in and around the Chicago area as well as few out of state that are a short drive away. If you’ve been to any of these places, let me know what you think. Leave a comment in the section below with a link to some of your photos, I would love to see what you captured. 

Chicago area

 Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

 Cantigny

Cantigny

 Rockford area (and beyond)

 Anderson Japanese Garden

Anderson Japanese Garden

 Anderson Japanese Garden

Anderson Japanese Garden

 Boerner Botanical Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens

 Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Iowa


Indiana

Michigan

Did I miss any gardens or arboretums that I definitely have to add to my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

 

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