The Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate World Environment Day, the United Nations World Environment Programme’s (UNEP) global day of positive environmental action, for the fifth year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
The day begins with the dedication and opening of the new Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden (GCGG) at 9 a.m. This 10,000-square-foot garden will provide a dedicated place for active, hands-on planting programs for children. The dedication will include remarks followed by a ribbon cutting, tours of the garden and two activity stations, teaching families and children about gardening, plant parts and eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Children will receive a marigold seedling and a bean seed to grow at home. Staff will demonstrate how the garden will be used for a variety of programs that connect children with nature. Senior Horticulturist Dan Dion will lead 20-minute tours of the garden at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
WGN-TV Meteorologist Tom Skilling and Anchor/Reporter Robert Jordan will be keynote speakers at 10:30 a.m., talking about Chicago’s weather and its impact locally and globally. Cost for the lecture is $12; Chicago Botanic Garden members pay $10. Advance tickets are available at http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wed.
Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and World Environment Day is free. Parking is $20 per car; free for Garden members. Call (847) 835-5440 or visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wed to obtain more information.