chicago botanic garden

  • Richard Hawke plant trials

    Episode 154: Putting Plants to the Test with Richard Hawke

    Richard Hawke is the director of ornamental plant research at Chicago Botanic Garden, where he oversees comparative evaluations of ornamental plants. The CBG Plant Evaluation Program has included 117 distinct…

  • plant trials

    Missing Plant Trials and Chile Rellenos | Letter from the Editor

    Before we stopped traveling for the better part of two years, my favorite annual trip for Fine Gardening was to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Every year I’d visit Richard Hawke,…

  • Chicago Botanic Garden Trial Gardens

    Chicago Botanic Garden Trial Gardens

    For more than a decade, Richard Hawke has been writing for Fine Gardening, giving readers insight into his plant trial results. He is the plant evaluation manager at the Chicago…

  • Design

    10 Perennial Standouts

    The Chicago Botanic Garden’s evaluation program has looked at nearly 10,000 different plants during the past 30 years, most of which were included in one of the more than a…

  • 'Katherine' garden phlox

    The Best Garden Phlox

    Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–8) is one of those “memory” plants for me—a plant I remember from a long way back, before I even knew…

  • ‘Caroline’ clustered campanula

    The Best Varieties of Campanula

    Contemplating the myriad of campanulas makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. The diversity of floral shapes, blossom colors, and plant habits is both astound­ing and enticing.…

  • Video

    Tons and Tons of Bulbs at Chicago Botanic Garden

    Ever wondered who plants all those bulbs that pop up at your favorite botanical garden each spring? See how this garden handles this herculean task in this video. Every year,…