Known as the world's largest rooftop garden (it sits atop Millennium Park Garage) Lurie Garden is an experience in leading edge landscape design and responsible gardening practices in the heart of downtown Chicago.
Lure Garden with view of the Art Institute of Chicago
It is 5 acres showcasing 240 varieties of drought tolerant (mostly native) perennials and grasses amongst hard diagonal lines. It is an example of the "new wave planting" movement which is a Piet Oudolf signature.
It is a relaxed style and a study in how plants work best together in groups.
The perennials are grouped together purposefully to show off the plants throughout the seasons.
The 15ft. shoulder hedge encloses the garden on two sides and protects the perennial garden. It also provides a little seclusion and serenity in the Windy City.
Shoulder hedge (living wall) and frame
The shallow water stream divides the garden diagonally and provides a hard break between the "dark plate" symbolizing the early landscape history of the site and the city which was once flat marshland and the "light plate" which represents the future landscape (innovative green city) in its contoured and controlled design.
We cooled off in the stream while listening to the Grant Park orchestra practice in Pritzker pavilion located directly behind the garden.
view of Millennium Park concert pavilion from Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden is an urban oasis which provides respite and inspiration to those that visit. It is a piece of living art that is constantly changing with the seasons...the plants' changing colors, textures, movement and growth, the various wildlife visitors and contribution of nature's elements.