The Lurie Garden, a great garden for Spring and every other season.

 

Literally nestled in the middle of downtown Chicago, the Lurie Garden is a flat terraced garden bursting with color and texture.  The sheer variety of  the colorful flowers and plants from this fantastic garden reminds me of the flower fields Dorothy crossed on the way to Oz.    Backed by the tall Chicago skyline, the garden garners even more aesthetic power as a low lying carpet garden.  It doesn’t attempt to compete with it’s city surroundings.  Instead it compliments the landscape perfectly.

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

In the Spring the garden hosts Virginia Bluebells, Purpulanze, Day Lily, Blue Star, Purple Smoke, Allium, among others.  The garden was designed by Piet Oudolf, one of the early founders of the “New Wave” style, the Lurie explains.  The style, they continue is,  ”relaxed and natural – aiming to make plant design less controlled and geometric than traditional gardens.  The New Wave Garden reflects an idealized version of nature that supports biodiversity and an integrated planting system.  It emphasizes form, texture and the natural harmony of plants that constantly change throughout the seasons.”

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Summer garden boasts another color burst from flora including Swamp Milkweed, Compass Plant, Slullcap, Ornamental Oregano, Toad Lilly, Rattlesnake Master, Echinacea, Knotweek, Foxglove, Chicago Apache, Achillea, Blue HIll, and Purple Bush, Purple Prarie Clover and Purple Love Grass.

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

In the Fall the color gathers one last burst of orange before fading into the soft yellows and earthen tones of Winter.  The petals may fall away but the beauty of the plants come out to play.  Piet Oudolf’s plan, the Lurie adds, “considers each plant’s entire appearance, including growth habit, leaf shape, flowering seed case and winter silhouette.”

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

Some of these highlights include Korean Reed Grass, Blue Glow, Splenden, Northern Sea Oats, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass to name but a few.

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Winter of course has a beauty all it’s own.

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

It may be grayer but it is more emotive and a great reminder for the Winter weary of the joys of what has past and what will come in just a few short months.

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

The Lurie Garden, Photo by Robin Carlson

I for one love Winter gardens and would love to photograph the Lurie even in the middle of the coldest time of year.  I’m going to make every attempt to make that trip this year.  If you live in Chicago and haven’t been there yet, head there this Spring! If I can’t make it by Spring, I’m hoping for the great Chicago Summer I’ve heard so much about.  I’ll have to see the sights and take a Gondola Ride to boot!

For more information on the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park Chicago visit the Millennium website.

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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6 Comments

 
  1. Heidi
    2010-02-26
    02:44:40

    What an incredible garden!
    Your lovely photos really capture the fine beauty of some of those delicate plants - thanks for sharing them!

     
  2. Sunny
    2010-02-26
    03:52:31

    Lovely photos, cityscapes make such a great backdrop for plants, great contrast.

     
  3. Nell Jean
    2010-02-26
    08:34:52

    This is the first time that I remember seeing photos of the Lurie Garden in other than spring and summer. Great post!

     
  4. Christine B.
    2010-02-26
    19:09:57

    I love Piet Oudolf's designs. Haven't seen the Lurie yet, but it's on my list. Thanks for a whirlwind, multiseason tour.

    Christine in Alaska

     
  5. Liisa
    2010-02-27
    05:02:25

    These images are beautiful. I have found such inspiration from the Lurie Garden, all of which has come from bloggers who have visited and posted images to their blogs, as well as the Lurie website. I hope to visit in person one day soon. ~Liisa

     
  6. Curtis
    2010-02-27
    08:22:48

    This garden is a great example of how you can have a installation that looks good all year around. I visited in October and it just as interesting as your springtime shots show.

    Curtis

     
 

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