Role of Public Gardens in a Changing Climate

Role of Public Gardens in a Changing Climate

Public gardens collaborate with scientists to study how global climate change impacts local plant growth, while also actively displaying the effects climate change. Public gardens have the opportunity to educate and engage the community and moderate an open, honest dialog about climate change. What is the difference between weather and climate change? Weather is impacted by climate and changes […]

Pollinators Benefit from Mixing Native and Non-Native Plants

Pollinators Benefit from Mixing Native and Non-Native Plants

Current research indicates that mixing native and non-native plants in a designed landscape increases pollinator habitat. Mixed native and non-native plants in a designed landscape (i.e., near-native landscapes) are more likely to contain a higher diversity of food resources over longer periods of time for pollinators and, therefore, containing more diverse pollinator communities. The Lurie […]

It’s time to cut down the garden

It’s time to cut down the garden

Waiting until spring to cut down the garden is not conventional, but the benefits are visual and ecological. We appreciate and understand both the beauty and ecology of perennial plant landscapes, and have chosen to manage the Lurie Garden for the benefit of both aspects. A consideration in the design of and plant selections for […]

Nature’s Nourishment for Everyone Throughout Fall and Winter

Nature’s Nourishment for Everyone Throughout Fall and Winter

Seed left in the garden provides for birds, insects, and animals with nourishment throughout winter and special beauty for us. Gardeners most often associate seeds with the next generation—the “fruits” of this year’s labor and the hope for next year’s plants. We carefully collect seed in the fall for winter storage and in early spring, as […]