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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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Canary Cheers™ Ninebark
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Chaddick Foundation Welcome Garden
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Charles Schwartz Memorial Garden
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Color Guard Adam’s Needle
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Conservation & Science Gardens
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Haas Halo Smooth Hydrangea
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Invincibelle® Ruby Smooth Hydrangea
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Mini Mauvette® Smooth Hydrangea
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Munchkin Oakleaf Hydrangea
Nature Boardwalk with skyline view of Chicago skyscrapers
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Nature Boardwalk
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Rhino Hillside Garden
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Sike’s Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea
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Swan Pond Waterfall Overlook
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Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark