The Challenges and Rewards of Mapping the Naturalistic Garden

The Challenges and Rewards of Mapping the Naturalistic Garden

Maps that are rich in detail help us communicate the complexity and evolution of our dynamic garden. Lurie Garden is intended to be an ever-changing, dynamic planting. The evolving relationships between plant groups and their role in the overall design requires constant monitoring as well as deep historical and horticultural knowledge unique to this place. […]

Scaling a Public Garden for an Intimate Space

Scaling a Public Garden for an Intimate Space

Can we as designers, horticulturalists and gardeners feasibly and successfully recreate park design and modern design features in our own gardens? My visit to Lurie Garden was all about looking at ideas, features and combinations and reinterpreting them to work on a home garden scale. In 2015 the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) announced that one […]

Breaking Ground: The Influence of Piet Oudolf’s Perennial Gardens

Breaking Ground: The Influence of Piet Oudolf’s Perennial Gardens

When one enters Chicago’s Lurie Garden or New York’s High Line, it is clear these are not traditionally cultivated gardens, nor are they prairies, woodlands, or meadows, where composition is left to the whims of natural forces. Rather, they are composed and curated landscapes that evoke a site’s ecological past, celebrate the best attributes of […]