Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

Nestled within the urban landscape of Palos Heights, Illinois, Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens welcomes visitors to explore natural areas and beautifully landscaped gardens. There are more than a dozen gardens, including the popular Waterfall Garden, Anniversary Garden and Butterfly Garden. Our gardens showcase not only ornamentals, but also native species, heirloom vegetables and conifers. The restored prairie provides an ideal backdrop to both our Heritage Garden and Kupchick Woodland Wildflower Garden. Alongside picturesque Lake Katherine is the arboretum, home to a wide variety of tree species. There are also several wooded paths for visitors to enjoy through the restored woodland areas and around the lake.

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Bald cypress
Taxodium distichum
Big bluestem
Andropogon gerardii
Boxelder
Acer negundo
Eastern redbud
Cercis canadensis
Garlic mustard
Alliaria petiolata
Mayapple
Podophyllum peltatum
Northern red oak
Quercus rubra
Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis
Virginia bluebells
Mertensia virginica
Water lily
Nymphaea odorata


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