A New Spring Bulb Display

After a long winter, the city is eager to see signs of spring.

It’s the color of early bulbs – daffodils, glory of the snow, and tulips – that gets Chicagoans through the tail end of winter. In 2006 Jacqueline van der Kloet, garden designer, bulb expert, and colleague of Piet Oudolf, added to Lurie Garden’s perennial plan a spring bulb scheme which introduced over 60,000 bulbs into the garden. Since this original planting, over the years more than 100,000 bulbs had been added to maintain its lush and vivid look.

In May 2019, Jacqueline returned to check in on her design and drew up plans for an update that included replenishing established areas and design additions in others. That fall, staff, volunteers, and community groups planted more than 65,000 additional bulbs to reflect these updates.

As Spring warms up the updated design has been revealing itself. We are eager to share the new design with those for whom it was intended – you, our friends and visitors. We are sharing photos here, on our social media pages, and sending weekly emails of new blooms each week. In the next few weeks, we’ll be virtually ‘visiting’ Jacqueline van der Kloet in the Netherlands where she will welcome us to her home. We will walk through her garden and learn about the design process she utilizes in building a bulb display. We hope you’ll join us!

Lurie Garden - Spring - JK