Chicago and Its Botanic Garden

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Publication Date
May 2015
Page Count
280 pages
Trim Size
10 x 12

Chicago and Its Botanic Garden

The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125
Cathy Jean Maloney

Formed in 1890, during the heady days before the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Chicago Horticultural Society boasted members with names deeply rooted in Chicago history: Buckingham, McCormick, and Palmer, among others. Today, as it leads the Garden in a model public-private partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the Society’s horticultural practices have exceeded the vision of its founders.

Chicago and Its Botanic Garden: The Chicago Horticultural Society at 125 is a lushly illustrated and thoughtful history of the Society and its evolution from a producer of monumental flower and botanical shows, through a fallow period, to the opening in 1972 of the Chicago Botanic Garden, a living museum and world leader in horticulture, plant science and conservation, education, and urban agriculture. Author Cathy Jean Maloney combines meticulous scholarship with a flair for storytelling in a narrative that will delight everyone from casual strollers of the grounds to the volunteers, professionals, and scientists who compose the influential society.

About the Author

CATHY JEAN MALONEY is a lifelong Chicago-area resident and garden historian. She is a senior editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine, and the author of World’s Fair Gardens; The Gardener’s Cottage in Riverside, Illinois; Chicago Gardens: The Early History; and The Prairie Club of Chicago. She teaches classes both at the Morton Arboretum and at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and is a frequent speaker to groups around the country.

"The Chicago Botanic Garden is living proof of how a public-private partnership on the Chicago model can produce a world-class asset…The Chicago Horticultural Society and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County are the heroes of this remarkable unfolding story.”--Gary T. Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum

“This book tells the story of Chicago through horticulture! The story intersects with some of the biggest names and events in Chicago’s history: early settlers like John Kinzie and Chicago’s first mayor William B. Ogden; The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, designed by Daniel Burnham and Fredrick Law Olmsted; the great city parks designed by William Le Baron Jenney and Jens Jensen that saved Chicago from choking on its own success; the Forest Preserves; the Great Depression; victory gardens; and more. Illustrated with gorgeous photography of the garden today and fascinating archival pictures, this book might live on a coffee table, but it will be opened and leafed through again and again.”--Geoffrey Baer, WTTW