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Flower and gardening fans called to Cantigny

Apr 19, 2016 11:36AM ● By Neighbors Magazines
The Horticulture Department at Cantigny Park will host two popular events in early May that are sure to inspire serious home gardeners and casual plant lovers alike.

Greenhouse Open House

Sunday, May 1
10 am to 3 pm

Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to go behind the scenes. Enjoy demonstrations, self-guided tours, plant sales, exhibits and a “green” activity for kids. Get answers to your garden and plant questions, too. Admission is free with paid parking ($10). Walk to the greenhouse or ride the complimentary tram from the main Cantigny parking lot to the greenhouse. Inside the Visitors Center, browse garden and nature-inspired jewelry by local artist Nancy Neill at her trunk show, 10 am to 4 pm.

National Public Gardens Day
Friday, May 6
9am to 2pm

Enjoy a tour through Cantigny’s colorful spring plantings guided by Joy Kaminsky, director of horticulture (10 am). Plus, catch two presentations in the Visitors Center Theater. At 9 am, Jeff Reiter gives a talk called “Birds of Cantigny.” At 11 am, special guest Dan Benarcik from Chanticleer Gardens (Wayne, Pa.) presents “Making the Garden Your Own.” A coupon for free parking is available for download at

The 500-acre Cantigny estate features one of the largest display gardens in the Midwest, showcasing perennials, ground covers, flowering bulbs, shrubs and trees. Cantigny’s 18,000-square-foot greenhouse supplies the plants displayed throughout the gardens and golf course, including 160,000 annuals.

More information about Cantigny, including park hours, directions and a calendar of upcoming events is online at