After our return from Utah things seemed a bit drab here in Illinois so I thought it might be a good idea to visit one of my all-time favorite haunts, the Chicago Botanic Garden. This place will always raise your spirits and, after walking across the bridge just beyond the visitors center, I felt decidedly more cheerful.
The Esplanade was ablaze with colorful chrysanthemums and you could hear several gasps of wonder as visitors caught their first glimpse of the gardens.
In the Heritage Garden the water lilies were looking splendid and were just close enough to get some nice shots.
It was one of those mild October days when everyone was making the most of the sunshine and even the sparrows were happy to splash around in the fountains.
Despite being past their peak blooming season there were still plenty of flowers in the Rose Garden.
The autumn season was very much in evidence in the Beuhler Enabling Garden with lots of pumpkins and squash on display.
And an abundance of gorgeous flowers in the Sensory Garden.
It was a pleasure to just amble about the gardens, leisurely crossing the serpentine bridge to Evening Island. No rushing about as we’d been doing during the previous few weeks.
There was even time to sit and enjoy the view in the Circle Garden, one of my favorite spots in the garden.