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The Lurie Garden is actually a rooftop garden built on top of the Millennium Park Parking structure.
It is an all natural garden in that they use no pesticides or herbicides. It’s around 60% native plants and all plants except the tulips are perennial. Most of the plants are drought resistant so the garden is only watered when there is an extended period of no rain. The garden contains over two hundred types of plants that bloom at different times of the season so the garden looks different at different times of spring throughout summer.
A team of eight volunteers manually weeds and maintains the garden during the summer.
The plants are not cut back until spring when they are mulch-mowered down. This allows for birds to eat from the seed pods in winter and it also provides interest even when not in bloom.
Designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel, this 5 acre garden pays homage to the City’s motto, “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden), which refers to Chicago’s transformation from its flat and marshy origins to a bold and powerful city.