A few of the beautifully displayed and cared for bonsai in the courtyards devoted to this horticultural skill at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois. A Ginkgo biloba (maidenhair tree) over 100 years old, older than those I saw in the city of Chicago (top photograph), and Acer buergerianum (trident maple) just starting to display its autumn colours (lower photograph).
Fabyan Villa, Japanese Tea Gardens, Batavia, Illinois
One of the bridges on the foot path through the Japanese Tea Gardens on the Fabyan Villa Grounds. The volunteers do a great job on the gardens and the grounds in general. This is a very relaxing (and popular) place for photos.