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Nathan Besser enjoys the "Big Bugs" exhibit, June 1998
Nathan Besser enjoys the "Big Bugs" exhibit, June 1998. Photo: William Biderbost

Chicago Botanical Garden

When the Chicago Botanical Garden was founded more than a quarter century ago, its goal was to teach the lessons of nature and thereby illuminate our lives. Constantly changing, the Garden is colorful, peaceful, exhilarating, fragrant, historic, sometimes exotic, frequently wild, and always very much alive. The mission of the Garden is "to stimulate and develop an appreciation and understanding of gardening, botany, and conservation by developing gardens, plant collections, and education and research programs of excellence while providing a continuing aesthetic experience." From school gardens to community gardens, from teaching beginners to professionals, education at the garden is viewed as a life-long process and is the cornerstone of every program, every garden, every festival.

Originally submitted by: John Edward Porter, Representative (10th District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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