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 […]

Pollinators May Benefit from Mixing Native and Non-Native Plants

Pollinators May Benefit from Mixing Native and Non-Native Plants

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