Please see the events, club meetings, and other Illinois garden and nature related places to visit listed below.

Illinois Events:

September 18 - October 29:  Glencoe.  Model Railroad Garden - Landmarks of America, Chicago Botanic Garden,

September 18 - October 22:  Lisle.  Origami in the Garden Exhibition, Morton Arboretum,

September 19 - 30:  Chicago.  Bee Demo, every Tuesday & Saturday, Garfield Park Conservatory,

September 20 - 27:  Campton Hills.  Drop-In Tours every Wednesday & Sunday, Garfield Farm,

September 20:  St Charles.  Planting of the Bridges, Municipal Building,

September 21:  Wheaton.  Monarch Butterfly Tagging, Cantigny Park,

September 22 - 24:  Long Grove.  Long Grove Apple Festival,

September 23 & 24:  Aurora.  Fall Fest, The Growing Place,

September 23 - October 28:  Chicago.  Bring your plant questions to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic each Saturday, Garfield Park Conservatory,

September 23 - December 30:  Chicago.  Composting Demo, Saturdays except holiday weekends, Garfield Park Conservatory,

September 23 & 24:  Lisle.  Beginning Beekeeping, Morton Arboretum,

September 23:  Little Rock and Sandwich.  P.E.O. Fall Garden Tour, 815-786-7196 or

September 24 - December 24:  Chicago.  Free Mini Tour, 2nd Saturday monthly, 4th Sunday monthly, Garfield Park Conservatory,

September 24 - October 29:  Glencoe.  Intermediate Digital Photography, Sundays, Chicago Botanic Garden,

September 24:  McHenry County.  3rd Annual Farm Stroll, McHenry County Farm Bureau,

September 29:  Campton Hills.  Student Harvest Days, Garfield Farm Museum,

September 29 - October 15:  Glencoe.  Drawn from Nature - Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition, Chicago Botanic Garden,

September 30:  Chicago.  Volunteer Open House, Garfield Park Conservatory,

September 30:  Lisle.  Seed Saving Workshop, Morton Arboretum,

September 30:  Naperville.  Fall Planting Fest, The Growing Place,

October 1:  Campton Hills.  Harvest Days, Garfield Farm Museum,

October 3:  Wheaton.  Hayride Tour, Cantigny Park,

October 5:  Lisle.  Shrubs for the Illinois Garden, Morton Arboretum,

October 7 & 8:  Aurora.  Pumpkin Palooza, The Growing Place,

October 7:  Campton Hills.  Blacksmithing 101 & 201, Garfield Farm Museum,

October 7 - 29:  Glencoe.  Nature in View - Garden Photographic Society, Chicago Botanic Garden,

October 9:  Glencoe.  Fall Fun, Kids in grades K-4, Chicago Botanic Garden,

October 9:  Glencoe.  Vegetable Harvest: Using vegetables in sweet and savory dishes, Tweens and teens in grades 5-8, Chicago Botanic Garden,

October 11:  Chicago.  The birds and the bees: How you can help pollinators, Garfield Park Conservatory,

October 14 - 15:  Glencoe.  Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale, Chicago Botanic Garden,

October 14:  Naperville.  Garlic Fest, The Growing Place,

October 14:  Wheaton.  Bird Walk, Cantigny Park,

October 15:  Aurora.  Garlic Fest, The Growing Place,

October 15:  Wheaton.  Garden Photo Tips, Cantigny Park,

Check out the links below for additional events.

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Illinois Club Meetings:

Chicago.  The Chicago Bonsai Club Meeting is held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6-8pm, Garfield Park Conservatory,

Lisle.  The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society meets the 2nd Monday of the month, 7-9 pm, Thornhill Education Center,

Oak Lawn.  The Oak Lawn Garden Club normally meets the 4th Thursday of the month (with several exceptions) 9:30 am at the Oak View Community Center, 4625 W 110th St.  Visit for more information about the Club.

Peoria Hts.  The Central Illinois Herpetological Society holds public meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month at Forest Park Nature Center, 7 pm.  Come share or learn about the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles.  5823 Forest Park Dr,

Peoria Hts.  Peoria Audubon holds public meetings and presentations in the Forest Park Nature Center on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September through May, 7 pm.  5809 Forest Park Dr,,

Peoria Hts.  The local chapter of the Sierra Club, America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, holds public meetings at the Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Dr, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September through May.  7 pm,

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More garden and nature related events and activities for children and adults can be found at these places to visit in Illinois:

Miller Park Zoo
1020 S Morris Ave

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st St
3300 Golf Rd

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave

John G Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N Stockton Dr

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St

Lurie Garden
Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Dr

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd

Hanna City
Wildlife Prairie State Park
3826 N Taylor Rd

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Rte 53

Lilacia Park
Lombard Park District
150 S Park Ave

Allerton Park & Retreat Center
University of Illinois
515 Old Timber Rd

Oak Park
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St

Palos Heights
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanical Gardens
7402 W Lake Katherine Dr

Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N Prospect

Peoria Heights
Forest Park Nature Center
5809 Forest Park Dr

Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Rd

Klehm Arboretum
2715 S Main St

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
1354 N 2nd St

Rock Island
Quad City Botanical Center
2525 4th Ave

South Holland
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Ave

Weber House and Garden
1503 N Baker St

Cantigny Botanical Gardens
1S151 Winfield Rd
Please contact us three weeks in advance to have your Illinois garden/nature related events posted here.

This page is updated weekly.

Revised:  September 18, 2017