This morning our horticulturist, Laura Ekasetya, joined Stacey Baca on ABC7 to demo a fun holiday project using natural beeswax sheets. Check out how you can create these beautiful, sweetly smelling gifts at home! Great project to try with kids. Beeswax candles are dripless and non toxic. This project requires only the heat of your hands--no need for a hot stove and thermometers. If you have cold hands you can always use a blow drier or electric hair rollers to heat the wax up. Great gift idea and the cookie cutter candles fit nicely in a holiday card.
The Lurie Garden wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Come celebrate with us! Bask in the glow of luminaries as they brighten the garden Thursday, December 12 from 5:00-7:00. Luminary Night is an evening of hot cider and guided walks out in the garden. Piet Oudolf designed the plantings to be enjoyed in all seasons, so come by and appreciate what winter has to offer.
Warm up in the Art Institute of Chicago's modern wing where you and your family can make a luminous ornament to keep. Registration for this free event is recommended but not required. For more information and to register click here. Looking for gift ideas?
This morning as I biked the Lakeshore path for the last day of my internship at the Lurie Garden, the blustery November wind in my face brought me back to an equally cold but far rainier day in early April when I began my internship experience. I remember that despite the dreary weather of that morning, I set off for the garden bright eyed and excited for the learning opportunities ahead. With a background in ecology and agriculture, I took this internship in order to increase my horticultural skills and knowledge. But my eight months in the garden provided me with a whole lot more. My internship granted me opportunity to experience the cycles and rhythms of garden and the City itself, and through them, I learned many important lessons about Nature, People and Place. Since the all of the wonderful workshops, lectures, tours offered by the Lurie Garden would give you a taste of some of the technical skills I gained in my internship, I’d like instead to share one of more subtle lessons I have learned through my time at the garden.
“Countless seed heads begin to appear among the dying stems and foliage-each one as distinctive as the flower from which it grew.” ~Piet Oudolf
Don’t miss the peak of our fall composition of color and texture. Today Autumn Blaze maples stand as a tall, scarlet backdrop for the garden’s autumn display. Tatarican asters (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’) hold brilliant purple blooms on architectural stalks. Arkansas blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii) provides yellow, thread-like leaves on red stems. The spent blooms of coneflowers contrast dark and defined shapes against the flowing texture of grasses. Blunt mountain mint’s pillow of moss-colored flattened bracts release its minty perfume as you brush past. Cedar waxwings and winter wrens feast from our numerous seed heads. Stop by soon to enjoy this sensory season.