Springy wedding decor by HMR Designs for a CBG wedding planned by Kara Superfine Events and photographed by Amanda Megan Miller.
The history of Chicago Botanic Garden (chicagobotanic.org) dates all the way back to the Chicago Horticultural Society’s founding in 1890—but its modern history began in 1972, when the 385-acre garden opened to the public. Now, it’s one of our favorite wedding venues: a stunning escape from the urban jungle that’s perfectly suited for any couple’s fanciful floral vision. In honor of CBG’s 50th anniversary, we’ve rounded up some stellar stats.
Real couple Kathryn and Joe posed near a blossoming tree at their wedding planned by LOLA Event Productions and photographed by Elena Bazini.
The most expensive wedding at CBG in 2022. The venue hosts 50 weddings annually between May and October.
Number of rose blooms in the 3-acre Krasberg Rose Garden
Number of outdoor spaces in which to host a wedding, including the Rose Terrace, a stunning ceremony site; the English Walled Garden; McGinley Pavalion; and The Esplanade, a sprawling space that can accommodate up to 500 guests for a reception.
Annual visitors to Chicago Botanic Garden. With more than 50,000 members, CBG has one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden.
Number of display gardens on the property. There are also four natural areas, nine islands and 6 miles of lakeshore, plus one renowned Bonsai Collection.
Starting price per guest for wedding menus, provided by CBG’s exclusive in-house caterer, Culinary Landscape. Yummy dish options for summer soirees include chilled watermelon gazpacho, roasted scallops, crispy vegetable spring rolls with peanut sauce, and Camembert tartlets with roasted strawberries and balsamic.
Number of plants at Chicago Botanic Garden, representing 14,000 varietals. It’s not just florals: There are also 255 species of birds to be sighted at CBG.
Photography by: Amanda Megan Miller and Elena Bazini