City in a Garden
Lurie Garden in Millennium Park is an urban oasis. The garden’s design pays homage to Chicago’s transformation from flat marshland to innovative green city, or “Urbs in Horto” (city in a Garden).
Chicago is sometimes referred to as a "City in a Garden." It alludes to Chicago's swampy marsh beginnings and ultimate transformation into a world-class city. To ensure the city stays true to its roots (so to speak), Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel designed Lurie Garden, a five acre, award-winning masterpiece in botanical landscaping.
In spring, perennials and bulbs cultivate together like a city skyline of blossoms and buds. In summer, visitors are engrossed with a dramatically lit, 15-foot-high "shoulder" hedge, which pays a vegetal homage to Chicago's "City of Big Shoulders" nickname. The ornamental grasses of winter capture snow and ice, forming elegant sculptures in nature. Did you know that …