Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Lurie lures us in...


After a wonderful tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Spring Fling Garden Bloggers all went to Millenium Park where we were treated to a tour of the Lurie Garden by the Chief Horticulturalist, Colleen Lockovitch.

There was a river of purple -- made up of four different types of Salvia. All the attendees will have shots of this river of plants -- they were amazing in their own right, but I loved the contrast with the bold Chicago skyline.

Colleen showed us all "her" plants, talked about the past, the design and the creation of the garden, as well as its upkeep and evolution going forward.

And then she said it.

What every gardener says when having guests.

"Oh - don't look at that corner!"

I didn't take a picture of it, though I was tempted. Even a professional garden horticulturalist suffers from "gardener's excuse." I could totally relate. And it made me feel better about MY humble garden. Gardeners are kindred spirits the world over, whether their gardens be large or small. It was an entertaining and a comforting moment for me. And frankly, I saw the Lurie garden in a whole new, human light.


See the skyscrapers peeking through this tree?
Everyone really listened to what Colleen had to say and kept pretty quiet during her whole tour -- unusual for us -- we're a pretty rowdy group!
And the garden had this wonderful display with information readily available to the public.
More alliums. Just not blooming yet. See ... I'm drawn to them like flies to honey.

That's if for Day #1. More to come ...

15 comments:

Carol said...

Great pics, and it was great to have Colleen tell us about the garden! I love the Lurie Garden and am already plotting ways to go back there. After all, it's just "3 hours or so" from my house!

Janet said...

Love seeing all the pictures from the Spring Fling. How nice that you had Colleen guide you through the garden!

Frances said...

Hi Diana, what a pleasure to click right to your blog, it makes visiting so much easier. And visit I will to read your delightful prose and see your wonderful photos. Colleen was speaking from the heart, wasn't she? Talking to a bunch of hard core gardeners who understood and nodded with every word must have been a treat for her too. I was struck by her enthusiasm, (and youth). You have taken photos of places we did not go, thanks for showing even more of that garden. I guess there wasn't time to really look at everything, so many places to draw us in. Glad your garden survived your absence so well too. :-)
Frances

Diana said...

Carol -- Now you've made me jealous that you can just "pop" over there for a visit. You're right, though, it did make me want to go back for another visit to see more of the traditional Chicago sights...and maybe more gardens!

Janet -- We did have a a great guide and it was so nice to have all the "dirt" on the development and maintenance of this huge and amazing garden.

Frances -- I was impressed witih Colleen's enthusiasm as well, and we were wondering how old she is. She said she'd been there for 4 years, I think, which would make her very young for such a visible post. She clearly knows her stuff and I am so glad we were able to get the personal tour.

Gail said...

Diana, It was a wonderful tour! I laughed, too at her waving it on with a 'ignore that' comment! It would be a delight to see the changes all through the growing season...it might be Piet and company's design, but Colleen and her crew have to revise and maintain. The talent and vision they have...wow!

Gail

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I also loved hearing a professional say "don't look there". Ha.. we all have those areas. With all the rain we have had this spring I have quite a few of those areas. The rain has not only encouraged my flowers but the weeds are having a hey day.

Diana said...

Gail -- It is funny to think that we all have the same hang-ups, isn't it? And I do think she has such ownership of the garden since she's in charge of keeping it alive.

Diana said...

Lisa -- yes, I came home to WAY more weeds than I had when I left! In fact, I am debating right now whether to go walk the dogs of pull weeds in the veggie garden paths which are a mess!

Rose said...

Diana, It was a pleasure to meet you this past weekend, and thank you for sharing all these photos with us, particularly many of the Botanic Garden that I didn't get to see. I've already decided I need to make a trip back to see everything! The Lurie seemed to draw us all in; that river of salvia was just mesmerizing. And I have decided I am definitely going to grow alliums next year!

Diana said...

Rose -- far away as I am, another trip to Chicago is definitely in my plans -- someday! You're so lucky you can just pop on over.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Now I'm really sorry that I had to miss the Lurie tour. What a great story about the less than immaculate part of the garden.
BTW - my 'Purple Sensation' Alliums are nearly done blooming, but the next ones in the Allium parade have started forming buds.

Pam/Digging said...

We both did Lurie posts today! It's fun to see in what order people's posts and images are appearing.

Layanee said...

Totally missed the signs but you and Pam both posted which is the value of a large group. The Lurie is a lure don't you think?

Diana said...

MMD - Her comment was just so human and so typical for a gardener! You'll have to take pity on me when the allium parade starts and post some of those allium photos for me to covet from afar!

Pam - You know me, I have to do it chronologically! I was surprised to see your Trudi post up out of order! (Since we're kinda two peas - LOL!)

Layanee -- Well, Pam posted a nice, big picture that you can actually READ! I guess I don't need to read the names, though, since I can't grow them anyway!

Pam/Digging said...

Ha! Re: the Trudi post, I was trying to be first. ;-)