See spring blossoms give way to summer blooms, fall foliage and winter seed heads.
Do stop and smell the flowers, from pink allium to purple coneflower!
Be inspired to add hardy Illinois native plants to your garden.
Gardening for the birds and bees—and tortoises!
The plants at Shedd are right at home in gardens that represent our region’s dunes, prairies and seasonal wetlands. By using native plants accustomed to our local landscape and climate, we can limit watering. A well-placed rain garden thrives as it keeps runoff from summer thunderstorms out of the lake. The pesticide-free flowers, shrubs and trees provide safe, natural habitat for local and migratory birds, butterflies and bees. And our organic vegetable gardens produce healthy vegetables for our tortoises and other animals.