The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL opened a little more than 40 years ago. In 2013, one million people visited their 26 gardens and four natural areas. The Garden has transitioned from conventional to organic gardening practices. The Garden grows more than 400 different edible plants and has two established programs offering young adults from Chicago the opportunity to learn all aspects of organic gardening. They can also gain business skills, which include planning, pricing, sales and marketing. Fruit and produce grown at the Garden are donated to Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest.
The GCG team volunteered for a day at the Garden: they pulled weeds, trimmed ivy, and learned about going organic.
For more information on the Chicago Botanic Garden, visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/.