1. Earth Day Walk at the Botanic Gardens: Spend Earth Day on a stroll through the forest on this guided hike of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Mary Mix McDonald Woods. April is the perfect time to glimpse a variety of ephemeral spring beauties. Catch these wildflowers quick, or you’ll have to wait until next year! April 22, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
2. 17th Biennial Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens: Join a tour of over than two acres of country estate and garden surrounding this Lake Forest home designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor scenery curated by over 30 interior and landscape designers. Feel good about your ticket purchase, too—the event benefits the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. Tickets $35-$40, April 29-May 21, 140 E. Ridge Lane, Lake Forest
3. Spring Flower Show at Garfield Park Conservatory: Chicago’s Latin motto translates to “City in a Garden” and there’s nothing more Chicago than a garden filled with Cubs icons. This year’s spring flower show at is themed around “spring training” and places bleachers, a scoreboard, and a botanical World Series Trophy among the seasonal blooms. February 18-May 14, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
4. Second Saturday Garden Tours at Lincoln Park Zoo: Ever wonder how the zoo grounds are kept looking beautiful? Get a behind the scenes look with the horticulturalists themselves as they identify the seasonal plants and flowers around the park. Come for the animals, stay for the foliage on these nature-filled days. May 13 and June 10, 2001 N. Clark St.
5. Historic Pullman Garden Club’s 23rd Annual Garden Walk and Tea: Step into the 1880’s through the picturesque Victorian gardens of Chicago’s Pullman Historic District. Enjoy refreshments on the veranda of the Hotel Florence before embarking on an adventure through several different public and private spaces. Tickets $12-$15, June 24, 773.568.2441