In 1830, a young Chicago adopted the motto Urbs in horto, “City in a Garden.” At that time, there were very few places for Chicago’s citizens to enjoy nature. However, as the city grew and matured, it developed an extensive network of gardens and parks. In this study group, we are going to visit four lovely Chicago gardens, learn about their histories, examine the flora and discuss the landscape design. We will be visiting public gardens in Grant Park, Lincoln Park, Garfield Park and Washington Park. Members will need to provide their own transportation to the sites. Most are easily accessible on public transportation. Be prepared to walk for two hours outdoors during each outing. Bring your camera and wear good walking shoes!