What's New at the Garden

Clover Love!

The Lurie Garden has a small section of lawn along the south end of the Boardwak feature in the garden. This is a great place for visitors to relax on a blanket in either sun or shade. We also use this area for family activities such as storytelling and our toddler programs. We keep our garden chemical free, including our lawn, so the clover you may see blooming there is a happy occurrence. We do hand weed the dandelions to prevent the seed from blowing in the garden beds, but white clover (Trifolium repens) does not cause a maintenance issue in the garden. In fact, it is a welcome sight to humans, bees, and bunnies.

Books and Plants this Saturday!

We will be selling a fun selection of perennials for all sorts of growing conditions this Saturday, June 7th in our maintenance yard just across from the garden. Bowman's root, Eastern bee balm, calamint (the sterile variety that won't spread yet still provides nectar for wildlife), knautia, coneflowers, palm sedge plus much more. Check out our plant list here. Roy Diblik will be speaking about his new book, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, which will be available for purchase. We have standing
 room only for the talk at this time, but feel free to stop by and be inspired by this great plantsman!

A Rest Stop for Birds

Thank you to all the enthusiastic attendees on our bird walk this morning in the garden. The cold, wet weather didn't stop us in our search for birds. Jeff Walk, director of science for the Nature Conservancy in Illinois, guided the group through a chilly morning of bird watching. The rose-breasted grosbeak up in one of the garden's cherry trees was especially encouraging. Last night Jeff talked about migratory birds on WTTW. To find out what he had to say about birds in the Lurie Garden click here: Chicago Tonight.

Thrashing Around the Garden

The Lurie Garden is located along the Mississippi Flyway, one of the great highways for migrating birds. Birds move in large numbers, usually at night, using the water shorelines as a guide up north. They swoop down to rest and forage for food during the day and head back on their trip up north in spring. The Lurie Garden is a great rest-stop for birds. We provide seeds, insects, worms, and a safe place to relax. Lately we have had an explosion of Brown Thrashers and many other birds such as Easter Towhees and Phoebes. Stop by the garden during May to enjoy the show. For more information on the Brown Trasher and other birds you can find in the garden, click on this great online resource: Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

You can also check out what birds have been seen lately in the garden on Cornell's ebird website. Here's the link to the Lurie Garden. If you are good at bird ID, feel free to add your own observations in the garden as a citzen scientist for the ebird website! http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2132400

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