Lurie Garden hooks-up papermakers with plants

Lurie Garden hooks-up papermakers with plants

Lurie Garden’s mow-down will be proceeded by the collection of plant material for Columbia College Chicago’s paper-making explorations. At the beginning of March Lurie Garden plants that have been standing all winter are cut down to make way for spring. This cut-down is done by mowers that mulch the plants and put it back onto […]

Lurie Garden decreases cut-back to gain vital insect habitat

Lurie Garden decreases cut-back to gain vital insect habitat

The mowing down of the garden in spring has always been straightforward – a crew would ride their mulching mowers around the garden making a clean palette for the anticipated crocus and tulips. Lurie Garden strives to grow in its ecological benefit while maintaining its beauty and accessible to visitors. Last winter Laura Ekasetya, the […]

Shannon Nichol Lecture: Ordinary Landmarks

Shannon Nichol Lecture: Ordinary Landmarks

Landscape Architect for Lurie Garden returns to Chicago to discuss the pressures to “go big” in design vs retaining complexity, idiosyncrasy, and natural nuance in a designed landscape. Landscape architecture has not been immune to the pressures in recent decades to “go big” or “world class” to register an effective visual impact within this challenging, […]

The Woman Behind Lurie Garden’s Spring Bulb Design

The Woman Behind Lurie Garden’s Spring Bulb Design

Lurie Garden’s spring bulb designer, Jacqueline van der Kloet, lectures about her design and her new book in time for the bulb-planting season. The people of Chicago know the long winter is officially over when the bulbs at Lurie Garden are starting to make their appearance. Speckles of crocus first appear, braving the nips of […]

Native Plants and their Pollinators – Heather Holm to Lecture at Lurie Garden

Native Plants and their Pollinators – Heather Holm to Lecture at Lurie Garden

Heather Holm, author of the award-winning “Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide,” will discuss the clever engineering of flowers that entice, direct, and let’s be honest, outright manipulate pollinators into helping them execute world domination. In recent years there has been a lot of focus on the most popular of pollinators – honeybees. […]

Pollinators Explored in Lurie Garden’s Free Summer Programming

Pollinators Explored in Lurie Garden’s Free Summer Programming

Lurie Garden’s Free Summer Program Lineup includes lectures by four experts in their respective fields, all of whom work with pollinators as well as additional programming aimed just for the younger crowd. On June 14, urban beekeepers, Michael Thomson (Chicago Honey Co-op) and Jana Kinsman (Bike-A-Bee) will discuss how trees, not ordinarily thought of as […]