Saturday, August 20, 2011

Seeing The Lurie Garden Anew

While in Chicago this past week for the Independent Garden Center Show on Navy Pier, I had the pleasure of visiting The Lurie Garden with Helen Yoest (of Gardening with Confidence) and Bruce Bailey (of Heavy Petal Nursery). It was both Helen and Bruce's first visit to The Lurie, a five-acre rooftop garden in the middle of downtown Chicago.

While I've visited The Lurie several times in the past, this was my first early morning visit. The garden glowed with crisp sunlight and all its colors popped against a clear blue sky. Walking around discovering the plants and design elements of the garden with Helen and Bruce was an incredible experience. It was truly an honor to see the garden anew through their expert and enthusiastic eyes.

Here are a few of the images I captured during our visit.

Echinacea growing through Pycnanthemum muticum (Mountain Mint)

Pycnanthemum muticum (Mountain Mint)

Amsonia hubrichtii

Morning light filtering through the garden

Chicago skyline rises above The Lurie Garden

Agastache x 'Blue Fortune'

Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant)

Calamagrostis and Eupatoriadelphus maculatus

Veronicastrum virginicum


  1. Thanks for the shout out Christopher! It was an enjoyable morning; no doubt the highlight of my trip. Let me know if you go to the fall plant sale...hmmm, maybe you better keep that one to yourself, or else be very adept at shipping lol.

  2. It was a whirlwind trip for me but the experience was well worth it. Great getting to know others by sharing the experience of a garden.

    Many more to come!