Chicago Botanic Garden Celebrates
World Environment Day June 4
Plant conservation scientists and horticulture staff on hand
for workshops and demonstrations
GLENCOE, Ill. (April 6, 2011) — The Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate the United Nations World Environment Programme's (UNEP) World Environment Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 4, 2011. Visitors of all ages will participate in fun, interactive, and enriching programs and activities that explain the importance of protecting and preserving plants through awareness and action. Several activities and two lectures highlight UNEP's 2011 International Year of Forests theme. The day begins with an informal opening of the new Trellis Bridge and dedication of the Bernice E. Lavin Evaluation Garden. Trams will shuttle visitors to the dedication beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the ribbon cutting and refreshments begin at 9 a.m.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can take advantage of the Plant Container Recycling Program, offering a rare opportunity to recycle plastic pots, containers, cell packs and trays. Participants are asked to knock the soil and debris out of their pots and sort them by size before dropping them off at the collection location in Parking Lot 4.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garden scientists, conservationists and horticulturists will give tours, talks, and presentations, providing information on smart gardening techniques and applying conservation practices at home.
Two ticketed lectures will be held in the Alsdorf Auditorium. At 10:30 a.m., National Geographic Live keynote speaker, Nalini Nadkarni, Ph.D., will speak about her tree canopy research. At 2 p.m., keynote speaker Michael Potts, President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute, will speak about transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Cost is $12 for one lecture; Chicago Botanic Garden members pay $10. Cost for both lectures is $17; Chicago Botanic Garden members pay $15.
In the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, visitors can learn more about the Green Roof Garden and Rainwater Glen, making plant mounts for the Herbarium and research on native bees, soils and invasive plants in native plant communities. They can also listen to in-lab demonstrations in the Seed Bank, Ecology Lab, and Genetics Lab.
In the Regenstein Center, visitors can view a rare book display featuring trees and forests as well as current books related to trees and forests in the Lenhardt Library. They'll also find horticulture staff giving demonstrations on gardening techniques. Topics include best tools and their care, best tree planting practices, tree identification and selection for homeowners, eco-friendly rose care and lawn care, sustainable watering techniques, landscape alternatives for invasive species, composting, and more.
Visitors shouldn't miss the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden where they can get a free 'Lemon Drop' heirloom tomato seedling, learn about heirloom tomatoes, and the current buzz about bees. At 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions in Chicago will give a cooking demonstration as part of the Garden Chef Series in the open-air kitchen amphitheatre.
Families can participate in drop-in activities including