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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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Nature Boardwalk with skyline view of Chicago skyscrapers
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Nature Boardwalk
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Prairie Dropseed
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Prairiefire Flowering Crabapple
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Purple Fountain European Beech
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Rattlesnake Master
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Rhino Hillside Garden
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River Birch
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Rozanne® Hardy Cranesbill
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Sike’s Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea
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Stardust Hardy Hibiscus
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Summerburst® Goldenrain Tree
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Swamp Milkweed
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Swan Pond Waterfall Overlook
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Tiny Wine® Gold Ninebark
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Upright Wild Ginger
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White Pine