Chicago Botanic Garden Hosts World Environment Day Today

The Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 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

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 to obtain more information.

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