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As a service to the public, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center collects information on native plant societies, conservation groups, governmental agencies, botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-related organizations throughout North America. Click here to add your organization to the directory. Affiliates are organizations that partner with the Wildflower Center to encourage the preservation and use of native plants in different regions of the country.

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Lurie Garden

Address: 201 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Region: Midwest

Phone: 312-228-1004

Organization Structure: Private Non Profit
Organization Scope: International
Organization Type: Botanic Garden

Services this organization provides

  • Wildflower or native habitat display on property
  • Conducts research
  • Publish research
  • Provide educational programming
  • Open to the public
  • Membership program
  • Offer public programs, trips, seminars, etc.
  • Native plant sales

Native Plant Focus: Lurie Garden is planted with only perennial plants, over 80% of which are native to North America. Of these native plants, over 60% of these plants are native to Illinois. The garden is focused on demonstrating the versatility and ecological role that perennial plants in the landscape can play. Lurie Garden is a documented habitat for a number of pollinators, birds, insects, and mammals--drawing many of these species into the urban environment for the public to enjoy.

Description: Designed by Gustafson Futhrie Nichol Ltd. and Piet Oudolf, Lurie Garden is a 5-acre garden that pays homage to Chicago's transformation from a flat and marshy lake shore to a bold, powerful, green city. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park is an urban oasis blending symbolism, landscape design, and ecological sensitivity. Visitors find respite from the urban bustle and inspiration in the garden's four-season display. In early spring, bulbs and early-blooming perennials serve as expressions of the transition from Chicago's traditionally harsh winters into spring. Summer and fall teem with blooms, butterflies, bees, and birds as the garden displays its carefully selected sun and shade perennial plant palette. Winter brings distinctive seed heads and remnants of ornamental grasses that capture snow and provide a food source for birds. The Lurie Garden is living art--a palette of texture and color blending Chicago's unique culture, ecology, history, and people.

Last Update: 2015-02-27
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