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