The Lurie Garden Is Now Ten Years Old
Ann Lurie has been sponsoring the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park for the last ten years.
Figure 1 Ann Lurie at the Lurie Garden Inaugural in Millennium Park, Chicago
The Lurie Garden is evolving and developing at the same time as Millennium Park since 2004. In the year 2014, the Lurie Garden is celebrating its 10th Anniversary at Millennium Park, as part of the Grant Park area architectural landscaping development and design envisioned by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett between 1906 and 1909—more than a century ago. The Burnham Plan promotes Urbis in Hortis as City Beautiful in Chicago.
"The Lurie Garden is still growing perennials through all four seasons and is maturing with sustainable development and maintenance", according to Jennifer Davit, the Director of the Lurie Garden, who has worked with the landscape designers Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, and Shannon Nichol from the early stages of inception, when the parking lot at Grant Park was re-imagined into the current gardenscape at Millennium Park.
Figure 2 The Grant Park Vehicle Parking Lot in 1997
The plantsman and garden plants designer is Piet Oudolf with his wife, Anja, who have been importing and nurturing plants from their nursery, near Amhem in the Netherlands.
Figure 3 Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol, Lurie Garden Designers. Terry Guen, Millennium Park Master Landscape Architect, and Piet Oudolf, Plantsman and Planat Designer with his wife, Anja, from their nursery near Amhem in the Netherlands
During its Tenth Anniversary celebration, the Lurie Garden is planning a special Fall Event which includes Honey Tasting from the Lurie Garden Bee Hives, as well as other garden attractions scheduled on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.
Figure 4 A Busy Bee Nectaring For Honey At The Lurie Garden