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Blizzard of 2011

The third biggest snow event  in Chicago's history dropped over 20 inches of snow in the Lurie Garden over February 1-2, 2011.  Though the snow creates logistical challenges for Chicago residents, it is great for the garden.  The heavy blanket of snow will help insulate and protect perennials from cold and variable temperatures.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation features the Lurie Garden

Thanks to Gustafson, Guthrie Nichol for nominating the Lurie Garden to be part of the Landscape Architecture Foundation's  Landscape Performance Series.  The landscape performance benefits of the Lurie Garden illustrate the numerous benefits os sustainable design. The feature on the LAF website provides an online interactive set of resources to show the value of sustainable landscape solutions.  It is a great tool tool for designers, agencies and advocates to quantify benefits and make the case for sustainable landscapes.

LaManda Joy to lecture on Victory Gardens this Thursday, January 20th.

Those who resolve to learn more in the New Year – and who yearn for gardening season – will discover the  inspiring combination of history and gardening with a free upcoming lecture, “Victory Gardens with LaManda Joy,”  at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 in the Fifth Floor Millennium Park Room of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

January 11 snowfall

The Lurie Garden is stunning in all seasons. Watch this video and observe the magical snowfall in the Lurie Garden. The seed heads of coneflowers, Joe Pye weed, Bowman's root provide the perfect shapes to capture falling snow. The textures of the garden come to live during the winter months.

Learn how to create your own lip balm and hand salve from Lurie Garden Director Jennifer Davit on the WGN midday news.

Watch this segment on the WGN midday news to learn how to make your own honey lip balm and citrus-sage hand salve. You will have a great time making these skincare products at home and they will help heal skin damaged by winter winds and dryness. Click here to get the recipes. 

Winter Tips

Check out these great winter tips from the Lurie Garden on the WGN Midday News.

Amazing Autumn Color

Would you ever think of planting a species of geranium to add fall color to your landscape? Probably not, but you should! Geranium soboliferum is probably the most stunning plant in the garden right now and it's almost Thanksgiving.

Autumn in the Garden

Autumn is one of the most magical times in the garden. Foliage that was bright green throughout the spring and summer transforms into rich fall tones of yellow and orange.

Fall is the time for planting bulbs and now you can support the Lurie with your bulb purchases!

Are you intersted in adding color to your garden with spring flowering bulbs? Do you like to grow amaryllis or paperwhites during the winter? If you're purchasing bulbs now, you can help support the Lurie Garden by purchasing your bulbs through Bloomin Bucks, as philanthropic division of Brent and Beckys Bulbs.

Lurie Garden on Growing a Greener World!

Watch Growing a Greener World's episode on Chicago's rooftop gardens, which features the Lurie Garden about 15 minutes into the segment.

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