Buildings and Gardens: Vision
Our vision is to inspire people to notice and reflect upon the beauty and subtleties of nature.
Visitors will feel awe and joy in response to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s use of horticultural art and science, dramatic views and framed vistas, harmonious building design, and excellence in planting and maintenance.
A visit to the Garden will inspire people to incorporate gardening and horticulture into their own lives. Our display gardens will be places of wonder and excitement to promote well-being, ignite imaginations, and demonstrate plants from around the world and garden designs that are useful to the public.
Buildings and Gardens: Goals
I.1 The Chicago Botanic Garden will be a model for excellence in horticultural design, maintenance, and planning.
I.2 The Garden will consistently maintain built infrastructure to high standards, ensuring that we leave a strong physical plant as part of our legacy.
I.3 The Garden will thoughtfully advance progress to complete the projects detailed in the Master Site Plan (created in 1968, and updated in 1997 and 2009). We will continue to adhere to the design principles of the 1968 Simonds & Simonds plan and the architectural vocabulary set by twentieth-century master Edward Larrabee Barnes.
I.4 The Garden will be a model for the thoughtful use of natural resources, achieving beauty through energy-saving, environmentally sensitive methods whenever possible.
I.5 By adhering to a fine arts policy, the Garden will align the quality and style of the Garden’s sculpture collection to the quality and style of the Garden’s buildings and landscapes.
I.6 The Garden will serve as the central resource for information about the unique and endangered plants and ecosystems of northeastern Illinois by helping to set standards for and demonstrating the use of native plant material in garden, prairie, woodland, wetland, rooftop, and riverbank settings.
I.7 The Garden will serve as a resource for architects, builders, developers, master planners, green building associations, and homeowners for how to create an inspiring and successful planning and building program.