Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago Webinar with Ben Lenhardt
Thursday November 12, 6:30pm via Zoom
TICKETS: Webinar Only:  $5/CHS Hort Members; $15/non-members
Book* + Webinar:  $52 (see below)


Join CHS Hort for a very special online webinar hosted by longtime CHS Hort member, renowned preservationist and best-selling garden author Ben Lenhardt as he presents Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago in support of his new book of the same name featuring stunning garden photography by Scott Shingley.

About the presentation In Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago, avid gardener and preservationist Benjamin Lenhardt explores the rich tradition of gardening along the shore of Lake Michigan from Evanston to Lake Bluff, including the well-known towns of Winnetka, Highland Park, and Lake Forest. This new book offers an insider’s glimpse at the creativity, diversity, and beauty of these gardens, showcasing a region not often publicized for its landscaping talents, but rich with extraordinary examples.

Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago (Monacelli Press) features 25 private gardens—many published here for this first time—organized by design into four thematic chapters: Classic, Contemporary, Country, and Naturalistic. Engaging descriptions based on detailed interviews with the garden owners provide personal and historical context and background about the properties and their designers. More than 225 lush photographs by noted landscape photographer Scott Shigley create a rich visual narrative. A book about outstanding gardens on Chicago’s North Shore would not be complete without the Chicago Botanic Garden. The last garden highlighted in the book, the Botanic Garden has inspired many of the featured gardeners and has contributed to the high quality of private gardens on the North Shore. With a foreword by Barbara Whitney Carr, former president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and an introduction by Lenhardt surveying the history of the North Shore, this new book is a must for Chicago and Midwest residents, as well as garden enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. Join us for this webinar, as author Ben Lenhardt discusses his new book and the gardens it includes.

Book & webinar combo You may attend the webinar only or purchase a webinar book combo. *Must purchase book by Wednesday, November 4th to receive book before the webinar. Books purchased after this time will be shipped the day after the webinar

Can’t attend live? We will send a link to the recording of the event to all registrants a few days after the webinar. If you cannot attend the live event, but would like access to a recording, please also register for the event.


Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr. began gardening in the Carolinas when he was young and over the last thirty years has gardened passionately in different climates in Winnetka, Illinois, and Charleston, South Carolina. Following a successful investment management career, he has concentrated on gardening and historic preservation. Lenhardt served for seven years as chairman of the Garden Conservancy, where he continues as chairman emeritus, and is a board member of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, Preservation Society of Charleston, and Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.


Scott Shigley
has photographed the gardens and landscapes of prominent landscape architects, including Michael Van Valkenburgh, Doug Hoerr, Stephen Stimson, and Craig Bergmann. In addition to residential gardens, his landscape portfolio features parks, public gardens, and cultural institutions from coast to coast. Shigley’s photographs are regularly published in national and regional design publications.