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Plants & Gardens

The zoo’s landscape is literally alive—bursting with the colors, textures, and scents of more than 1,200 plant species. This urban oasis is home to native birds, frogs, fish, turtles, insects, and more, and is a welcome escape from the bustling city. Use the tool below to explore some of the unique plants and gardens that thrive in this accredited arboretum.

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Bur Oak
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Chaddick Foundation Welcome Garden
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Charles Schwartz Memorial Garden
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Dream Lady
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Dream Lady
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Eastern Redbud
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Kindred Spirit® Ware’s Oak
Nature Boardwalk with skyline view of Chicago skyscrapers
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Nature Boardwalk
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Prairiefire Flowering Crabapple
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Purple Fountain European Beech
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Rhino Hillside Garden
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River Birch
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Summerburst® Goldenrain Tree
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Swan Pond Waterfall Overlook
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White Pine