Tucked away between two lagoons on Jackson Park's Wooded Island, the Garden of the Phoenix—oftentimes referred to as the Japanese Garden or Osaka Garden—is a traditional garden space dedicated to the U.S. and Japanese relationship, complete with a century-old pavilion gifted to Chicago by the Japanese government for the 1893 Columbian Exhibition. For best results, visit in the spring, when the garden's 160 cherry trees bathe the premises with blush-colored blooms.
Back in the 19th century, Chicago's government picked the phrase "urbs in horto"—Latin for "City in a Garden"—as its motto, employing landscape architects like Daniel H. Burnham, Jens Jensen and Frederick Law Olmsted to beautify the budding city over the course of several decades. Today, partially thanks to that rich tradition of landscape architecture, Chicago is home to more than 8,800 acres of green space. Want to take advantage of summer weather and explore the best of the city's greenery? From nature preserves tucked into the Chicago parks to the city's massive conservatories, you don't have to go far to find gardens teeming with flowers and plant life native to Chicago and (far) beyond. Whether you're an amateur naturalist or you're just looking to explore some new Chicago attractions, take a minute to unwind in these beautiful gardens throughout the city.
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