Sunday, May 22, 2011

Three theme gardens, esconsed in three parts of the city..

The city lives by it's motto, "Urbs in Horto", Latin for "City in a Garden". Come spring there are flowers everywhere. Today I bring three theme gardens in three parts of the city...
[1] Osaka Japanese Garden, in Jackson Park..
[2] Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, in Lincoln Park..
[3] Lurie Garden, in Millennium Park..



Osaka Japanese Garden..
A Japanese garden..
Originally created during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the garden has gone through several renovations and expansions. It features three styles of traditional granite lanters were imported from Japan. Kasuga [upright], Rankei [overhanging] and Yukimi [four-legged snow lanterns]. Including one Kasuga lamps that has survived from 1893. There is zigzag stepping stones, moon bridge and a pavilion. The garden also offers the best view of the Museum of Science and Industry.
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Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool..
A prairie garden..
It was first landscaped in 1889 and designated as a place in which to cultivate tropical water lilies. In the 1930's, it was re-designed by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell. It's made in the tradition of the Prairie School, influenced by such greats as Frank Lloyd Wright and Caldwell’s teacher, Jens Jensen.
The garden is arranged around a lily pool to create the look of a creek running through a Midwest prairie, with features like stone outcroppings, a pavilion, a council ring, a cascading waterfall, and several plant species native to the prairies. In 1942, Caldwell called the pool "a hidden garden for the people of Megalopolis"...
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Lurie Garden..
A perennial garden, with New Wave Planting Style.
This is one of my favourite places in Chicago!!It is designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel, and pays homage to Chicago's motto, "Urbs in Horto".
It is more of a perennial garden with 65% of the plants are native to North America. The landscaping divides it into Light Plate [West portion] and Dark Plate [East portion], divided by a wooden boardwalk called the Seam and protected by Shoulder hedges. The Lurie Garden is one of the first examples in the United States to experiment with the "New Wave Planting Style", with the use of native plants, perennials, grasses and bulbs, to create a landscape that changes colors, textures and shapes through different seasons, just like a natural landscape does. This style is relaxed and natural. It is less geometric and less controlled than traditional gardens.
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While I am at it, some other beautiful gardens..
Cancer Survivors Garden, in Grant Park..

Grandmother's Garden, in Lincoln Park..

South Garden, Art Institute of Chicago..

RELATED LINKS:
# Osaka Japanese Garden, in Jackson Park..
# Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, in Lincoln Park..
# Lurie Garden, in Millennium Park..
# Cancer Survivors Garden, in Grant Park..
# Gardens in the Grant Park..
# Grandmother's Garden, in Lincoln Park..
# South Garden, Art Institute of Chicago..
# North Garden, Art Institute of Chicago...
# Gardens and Conservatories..

1 comment:

Mike said...

Wonderful post! You consistently produce high quality posts. Chicago is lucky to have you.
- Mike.