Lurie Garden's Salvia River 2010
The Lurie Garden's Salvia River is in full glorious bloom. If you do one thing this weekend it should be visiting the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park to take in the sight. The Salvia River is comprised of four different varieties of 2,000 salvia plants. It was designed to mimic a flowing river. I suggest arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon and early evening to avoid the crowds that are drawn to this spectacle created with shades of purple and blue.
Make sure to stand in various areas of the Lurie Garden to appreciate the many curves, then head up to the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, via the bridge for a completely different perspective.
I visited the Lurie Garden today and my favorite part was crouching down and watching the honeybees navigate the river of blooms. I came home with the biggest urge to plant salvia in my garden, as I do every year I visit. Maybe this year I'll keep my promise.
Update: On Facebook a couple of readers were wondering what varieties of salvia are used to create the Salvia River. I asked Sue Markgraf of GreenMark Public Relations
if she could find out the answer and here is her response:
"Salvia x sylvestris - varieties 'Wesuwe'; 'Rugen'; 'May Night or 'Mainacht'
depending on the nursery; and 'Blue Hill'"