Category: Gardens & Grounds

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Expanded Hosta Garden Now Open

Cantigny Park’s newly designed and expanded hosta garden, a collaboration with the Northern Illinois Hosta Society, is open! A ribbon-cutting for the garden took place on July 12 and included a talk by renowned hosta expert and author Mark Zilis....

/ August 15, 2019

Back to the Fountain Future

The Fountain Garden behind the Visitors Center has long been a favorite spot for Cantigny guests. This will surely remain the case after Phase II renovations are completed in 2020. Renowned landscape architect Franz Lipp created the Cantigny Gardens in...

/ April 23, 2019

Project Update, Fall 2018

This fall we’re putting the finishing touches on the first phase of Project New Leaf, our five-year revitalization plan for Cantigny Park. It’s been a year of steady progress. Even with construction during most of 2018, Park attendance is up...

/ November 7, 2018

Meet the Oaks

Cantigny Park’s Oak Colonnade, a key part of Project New Leaf, is complete. The new pedestrian walkways and civic scale allée of oak trees at the front of the park will serve as a dramatic and unifying landscape element for...

/ November 6, 2018

Elevating the Guest Experience

A year ago, naming the highest point on Cantigny’s 500 acres might have been a puzzler. Now there is no question: It’s Butterfly Hill, the newly created overlook at the south end of the Oak Colonnade. At approximately 800 feet...

/ November 1, 2018

Coming Soon: More Parking!

Good news: Cantigny is about to have a lot more parking capacity. The south lot, to your right as you enter the park from Winfield Road, will soon offer 350 additional spaces. This represents a 30% increase in total parking...

/ August 15, 2018

Project Update, Summer 2018

We are in the “home stretch” of Project New Leaf’s Phase One, with completion scheduled for this fall. Your patience is appreciated as we improve the park for you and for future generations of Cantigny visitors. It’s always good news...

/ August 10, 2018

Standing Guard, Without a Scratch

For nearly a decade, the bronze Lion of Cantigny has kept watch outside the Visitors Center. The WWI “doughboy” soldier by sculptor Stephen Spears was dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008. During construction of the Arrival Plaza, a key...

/ August 9, 2018

Canoes or Battleships?

Parks visitors may notice that the new flower beds in the soon-to-be-completed Oak Colonnade have a distinctive shape. The beds are generally known as “canoes” among Cantigny staff members, especially those in Horticulture. To others, once planted, they resemble battleships....

/ August 8, 2018

Project Update, Spring 2018

We are well into the second full year of Project New Leaf and there is much to report. Thanks for your patience as we improve the park. Naturally we devoted the winter months to indoor work, primarily an extensive remodeling...

/ May 4, 2018