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The Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is located just off Illinois Route 47 in Mahomet, Illinois. The eight acres of land contain some of the most beautiful and diverse flora in East Central Illinois. Many couples have exchanged their wedding vows in this colorful setting.

  • Waterfall, bridge, and pond area in the Botanical Garden
  • Concert held in the Botanical Garden's gazebo
  • Watercolor of waterfall and pond area completed during public event.
  • Daffodils in Botanical Garden
  • River Birch tree label
  • Aerial View of Bridge and Waterfall Construction
  • Purple Coneflowers blooming in Botanical Garden
  • Decorative Bench in Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden
  • Art Sculpture near Waterfall and Pond
  • Decorative flower bed in Botanical Garden
  • Botanical Garden gazebo
  • Aerial Photo of Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden (c.1974)
  • Trees in Botanical Garden
  • Entrance to Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden

The Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden has evolved over a period of years from a small garden outside the Museum of the Grand Prairie to the eight acres it covers today. In 1974, a major renovation was spearheaded by H.I. Gelvin, the founder of the Forest Preserve District, and the area was named in tribute to his late wife, Mabery.

When planning a trip to the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, look for tree and plant labels to learn about what grows in and around the garden. There is no fee to enter Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve or the Botanical Garden. You may access the garden through the Museum of the Grand Prairie, which also has no admission fee, or you may enter the garden by going around the museum to the gate on the east side. The garden is open the same hours as the preserve, generally 7 AM to sundown.