Another destination close to nature is the Chicago Botanic Garden. Not only does the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Garden Shop (1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 847-835-5440) specialize in horticultural-inspired gifts, they also focus on items local to our area.
“Shopping local and giving back to our communities adds value to even the smallest gesture because your gift is for a purpose,” said Kim Rabago, Store Director at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
You can’t get more local than their exclusive botanic home accent lines, created using vintage prints from their library. The Garden Shop also offers Tru Blooms Chicago, a limited-edition perfume reminiscent of a day along the shores of Lake Michigan, along with regional confections from Wisconsin-based KT Toffee and Long Grove Confections from Illinois.
The Garden Shop is a great source of amaryllis and paper white bulbs, Christmas cactus and bonsai assortment. Plus, their traditional, annual cardinal collection is back, and as always, is a beautiful addition to any holiday table. If you’re looking for last-minute gifts, check out their number of prewrapped “gift to go” options, including Frasier fir candles, Chicago Botanic Garden Travel mugs and A Journey to Nine Islands, a beautiful book that guides you from the inception of the garden through present day.
Last but not least, Rabago reminds that one of the most enjoyable gifts of all is a gift membership to the Chicago Botanic Garden – and if you purchase three memberships, you receive $10 off each membership. Member benefits include free parking and special member discounts throughout the garden.