Lurie Garden Summer 2011: Adult and Family Workshops, Guided Walks and More.

With the City as a backdrop, Chicago’s Lurie Garden in Millennium Park is a true Chicago treasure. The garden, designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd., Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel pays homage to the city’s motto “Urbs in horto” (City in a Garden).  The garden provides year around interest.  From early spring, many varieties of bulbs and perennials lead off the procession of colors to begin anew each year.  Summer and fall teem with the flutter of butterflies and birds and the superstar flowers of summer from allyssum to coneflowers. Winter’s seed heads and ornamental grasses capture snow and ice, creating graceful art forms.  Summer workshops and guided walks, listed below, are a great way to enjoy and learn more about the living art of this garden:

Adult Workshop.

Lurie Garden staff highlights the garden’s best and brightest of the season in this free workshop discussing the importance of year-round seasonal interest, plant communities and how to incorporate them into your own garden. Note: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 312 742 TIXS (8497). Saturday, July 16, 2011.

Ask Me.

Bring your gardening questions to Lurie Garden volunteers who can help you find answers and fill you in on the plants and design of the Lurie Garden and its many sustainable messages. Every Thursday from 11a.m. to 1:30p.m

A Special Photography Workshop: Capturing the Feel of a Garden.

Get up close and personal with the beauty of Lurie Garden. Photographer Betsy Martens will show you how to create distinctive garden photos through the use of light, composition, and choice of subject. There will be a slideshow followed by hands-on shooting in the garden. Bring your digital camera and transfer cable. Note: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $15 material fee paid to instructor. Call 312.742.TIXS (8497). Wednesday, July 13, 6p.m.

Free Family Workshop: Wild About Insects.

If your kids have been bugging you about something to do this summer, take them to this free family workshop with Vincent “The Bug Guy” Olivares from Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Kids and adults will learn cool facts about our buggy friends (and a few that you might want to avoid). You’ll also get to make your own “bug juice” to take home. Note: Children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Call 312 742 TIXS (8497). Saturday, July 16, 2011.


Take a 20-minute guided tour of the magnificent Lurie Garden, located on 5 acres at the southeastern end of Millennium Park. Learn about the Lurie Garden’s design, its native plants and how it all applies to the home garden. Fridays, 11a.m-1:30p.m. and Sundays, 10a.m.-1:30p.m.


The Lurie Garden is located at the southeastern end of Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Ave.  Phone: 312 742 1168.

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