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. […]

Role of Public Gardens in a Changing Climate

Role of Public Gardens in a Changing Climate

Public gardens collaborate with scientists to study how global climate change impacts local plant growth, while also actively displaying the effects climate change. Public gardens have the opportunity to educate and engage the community and moderate an open, honest dialog about climate change. What is the difference between weather and climate change? Weather is impacted by climate and changes […]

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 […]