Wednesday, July 04, 2007

LURIE GARDEN, CHICAGO, JULY 4th 2007






























5 Comments:

Blogger jodi said...

I'm going to ask what might seem like a dumb question (I've never been to Chicago). Is/was Chicago part of a tall grass prairie ecosystem? Looking at this garden and the plant choices, that's the initial reaction I had. I live in Nova Scotia, but i did visit a small tall-grass prairie preserve in southwest Ontario last year, and such ecosystems fascinate me.

I'm also new to your blog, but enjoying it!

12/7/07 8:50 PM  
Blogger Gloria said...

Hello Jodi,that is really a very good question. Chicago was once a very low wetland consisting of marshy land and rivers leading west toward the Mississippi or east toward Lake Michian and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean.
There is a map with a bit of an explanation at...
http://www.chipublib.org/digital/sewers/history.html

Over the years and many drinking water contaminations/epidimics Chicago has been raised from the depths and drained to todays elevations .

The state of Illinois with its rich soil and climate was mesic prairie or savanna dominated but with nearby sandy dunes and southern forest making for a diverse land.

There are many prairie and savanna restorations areas near Chicago.
Chicago Wilderness is a coalition of local ecology groups and business along with public officials working to keep or restore much of the openlands.
Here is a list of places open to the public.
http://www.chicagowilderness.org/explore/see/prairies/index.cfm

The Lurie garden Design was inspired by this past and present.

13/7/07 11:23 PM  
Blogger Earth Girl said...

I visited the first time in May. Thank you for showing the progress of this beautiful and amazing garden

14/7/07 10:41 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

Thank you for this, Gloria. This is the beauty of the Internet--I may not get to ever visit Chicago, but I can visit through your eyes, and those of other garden bloggers, and do the same with so many other places. Wonderful!

18/7/07 9:29 PM  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

It is looking great! Thanks for the pics Gloria, what a difference with last time. :-)

25/7/07 8:46 AM  

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