Lurie Garden Spring Flower Display (beta)

Learn about the spring flower display in Lurie Garden.

As you can imagine, mapping a garden like Lurie Garden is complicated! The mapping program that we use, ArcGIS, provides a way for the public to view the maps we’ve created. It is not always easy to use, so we’ve provided some tips for making it work well. We still wanted to make our map available for the public to look through.

Pointers for using this map:
Find by Color (first square to the right of the search bar)
If you’re looking for a plant you saw in the garden, you can limit what is displayed by the color of the plant. Note that some plants can be interpreted differently from person to person. For example, many purples are seen as blues, or many blues can be seen as greens, so if you don’t find the plant that you’re looking for, you may want to select another color it could be described as.

Turn layer on/off (second square to the right of the search bar)
This map has the ability to display both the plants that are a part of Piet Oudolf’s perennial plan as well as the plants in our spring display that Jacqueline van der Kloet was responsible for adding to the garden. You can choose to display both of these or one at a time.

Filter by Species (third square to the right of the search bar)
If you know the common name of the plant you are looking for (ie. tulip ‘Maureen’), you can type that into the search bar in this widget. If it is a bulb, search for it on the bulb layer, and if it is a herbaceous perennial plant search for it on the perennial layer. If you’re not sure, you can try typing it on either layer and see where you get results! You can also set it to show the locations of all of the daffodils by typing “daffodil.” Be sure to turn off the layer you’re not searching in using the “Turn layer on/off” widget to make your results show up more clearly.

You can use these three menus in conjunction with one another to narrow down your results. If you’re looking for a particular plant you may want to first browse our plant finder to find a name you can search for.

There are many ways to use this map – you can search for plants, discover the blooming plants in an area, filter by name, or filter the plants by color or type. This page works best on desktops and tablets with faster connections.

The shapes on this map represent individual flower species found in the garden when they are in bloom. Often there will be many species blooming at the same time and in the same place, which displays as many overlapping shapes. Click on a shape and use the popup to arrow through the plants in that area.