Outdoor Gardens

The 12 acres of outdoor gardens include the City Garden, Demonstration Garden, Play & Grow Garden, Monet Garden and Sensory Garden.

Play & Grow Garden


Kids 0 – 8 can experiment with pebbles, make mud pies, walk the stump obstacle course, or make music on a wooden xylophone. The garden is open seasonally. Children must be supervised in the garden.

Sensory Garden


Raised beds include seasonal flowers and the carnivorous plant bog. To the west, there is a labyrinth to stroll for moving meditation. To the east are bee hives where you can catch Beekeeping Demonstrations on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm.

Demonstration Garden


Visitors can learn about community and organic gardening in Chicago in this beautiful city lot-sized working garden. Find space-saving and above-ground growing methods, composting information and a wide variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables. The produce grown here is donated to the Garfield Park Farmers Market.

Monet Garden


This garden is an adaptation of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s well-known garden at Giverney, France.

City Garden


This space is designed to challenge prevailing notions of what a major public garden is supposed to be. It includes lily pools, a gravel garden sprinkled with blue glass, and a stand of aspen trees whose leaves flutter with every breeze.

Bluestone Terrace


The Bluestone Terrace is located just beyond the Desert House doors, anchoring the City Garden and Demo Garden. Tables and chairs are plentiful on this landscaped terrace, making it a great spot for public gatherings and private events.