Category: New Leaf Updates & Features

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Idea Garden Goes With the Flow

Cantigny’s beloved Idea Garden, “the gardener’s garden,” is on target to reopen late next spring, and park visitors will notice some big changes. Among them: a waterfall, running stream, boulders and footbridge. The new water elements occupy the eastern half...

/ October 26, 2020

5 Questions: Q&A with Will Buhlig

The Wheaton landmark known as the Robert R. McCormick House is perhaps Cantigny’s most iconic feature. Other than a few of the estate’s massive oak trees, it’s also the oldest.  The historic home dates to 1896 and the days of...

/ October 5, 2020

Eight Times Better

Another Cantigny “garden room” has reopened following extensive renovation. This month we welcome back the Octagon Garden, a space named for its geometric shape and cherished for its ever-changing seasonal beauty. The garden has always had eight sides, but it...

/ August 18, 2020

5 Questions: Q&A with Matt Langan

Matt Langan is in his twelfth year with the Boston office of Sasaki Associates, a planning and design firm with international operations. In 2014, Cantigny retained Sasaki to develop a property “master plan” that became Project New Leaf. As a...

/ July 31, 2020

A Rocky Debut

Cantigny Park visitors will soon experience a garden within the gardens that is entirely new: a Rock Garden unlike any other in the Midwest. Located just east of the Visitors Center and south of the new Fountain Garden, the Rock...

/ July 23, 2020

5 Questions: Q&A with Chris Pieters

It would be easy to bestow pity upon Chris Pieters, not that he’d ever want it. He joined Cantigny as food and beverage director in May 2017, just as Project New Leaf was getting under way. The project has made...

/ July 7, 2020

Project Update, Summer 2020

Summer at the park is not what we pictured just a few months ago. COVID-19 has changed our daily operations in so many ways. We’re happy to be open again on a limited basis but we miss not being able...

/ June 26, 2020

Aqua Show!

Throughout Project New Leaf, one of the most anticipated elements has been the new fountain, the crown jewel and centerpiece of the gardens located east of the Cantigny Visitors Center. The Fountain Garden is also among the first Phase II...

/ June 24, 2020

5 Questions: Q&A with Todd Henderson

Project New Leaf, as we learned in the previous “5 Questions” with Joe Hibbard, began in 2014. But that was on paper. The physical work began in 2017, and among the very first actions was the draining of Gold Pond....

/ June 10, 2020