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Lurie Garden is a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) garden located at the southern end of Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Designed by GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol), Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel, it opened on July 16, 2004. The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. It is the featured nature component of the world's largest green roof. The garden cost $13.2 million and has a $10 million endowment for maintenance and upkeep. It was named after Ann Lurie, who donated the $10 million endowment. For visitors, the garden features guided walks, lectures, interactive demonstrations, family festivals and picnics.
The Garden is composed of two "plates" protected on two sides by large hedges. The dark plate depicts Chicago's history by presenting shade-loving plant material. The dark plate has a combination of trees that will provide a shade canopy for these plants when they fill in. The light plate, which includes no trees, represents the city's future with sun-loving perennials that thrive in the heat and the sun.
Lurie Garden Reviews
While this is not a large garden, it is truly lovely. It was designed by the famous Piet Oudolf (who also designed the Highline Garden in NYC). It is, like many of his gardens, influenced by meadows..... more »
Lurie Garden is a large garden located at Millennium Park in the Loop area of Chicago. It is a beautiful garden filled with greenery, flowers and trees. It provides a wonderful opportunity to take a..... more »
One doesn't expect to see an authentic meadow in the middle of one of the world's largest metropolis. At no charge. It was in full glory in late summer. The diversity was spectacular, and not lost on the many bees and butterflies collecting the abundance of floral rewards for their pollination services. At one point, I interacted with a guide, who gave me very interesting information about specific plant species. For the kids, there is an artificial stream running through the garden, and on this hot humid day, both parents and kids were sitting on the granite blocks, dipping their feet.
All the spring flowers are in bloom, and this place is beautiful! You can smell the narcissus, as their fragrance fills the air. A mallard bathed in the stream and looked expectantly at the people on the boardwalk; eventually some folks came with bread and the duck had his snack.
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