Chicago Gardens: Past and Present

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Chicago Gardens: Past & Present is an exhibit of gardens in Chicago from small backyard gardens to some of out public parks. I visited the multi-media exhibit today and took a quick look and was pleasantly inspired by what I saw.

I won’t share the bulk of my photos because then why would you go? But, I will show you my favorite photo in the exhibit. It is of this awesome blue wall and collection of garden junk in a backyard garden in Wicker Park. I forgot to make note of the photographer and gardener, sorry.

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You can find a number of books laying around that you’re invited to look through and read. I stepped over the stone floor thinking I would trip on it, turned out to be painted. What an awesome place to have, if only temporary, where a gardener could walk in and seel inspiration for a garden, either on the wall or in one of the many books.

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Visit the exhibit and explore the history of Chicago’s gardens, both public and private and see other artwork inspired by nature. Chicago Gardens: Past and Present is open from 10AM-6PM until August 16th. It is located at the Chicago Tourism Center, 72 E. Randolph Street, across from the Chicago Cultural Center and admission is free.

I left a message on the tree. Let me know if you find it.


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  • Looks like a fascinating exhibit. It's not often that anyone can boast about Detroit, so please indulge me: Garden junk? Oh Pleez! Check out the Heidelberg Project in Detroit if you want junk art outdoors! :)

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Garden Faerie,

    You mean the video on "20 years of community art?" That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing it.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    I was very close to walking over there and missing my train last Saturday - wish I had!

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    I had forgotten about it when I left you at the station. Should have said something I would've gone with ya. If we end up meeting with OLA on the first maybe you can still catch it.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Drat, I'll miss it if I can't visit until September! Love the Cultural Center, and everything about it. The building, displays, exhibitions & concerts - I heard a super Indian music presentation as part of New Music festival a few years ago.

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