There is a lot of construction going on so the bus that usually departs for the park outside the train station was no longer stopping there. We just kept walking east towards Lake Michigan and in no time we had arrived, again too much talking.
The Lurie Gardens (planned by Piet Oudolf) are probably in the hottest section of the park with very little tree cover. Even though the temperatures approached 90 degrees that breeze from the lake made the gardens bearable with short respits along the perimeters where there were some trees.
Chicago Apache Daylily
The specimens are not identified as they state that they are not a botanic garden, but it is frustrating to walk through a display garden such as this and not have anything labeled. They do identify all of their plants on the Lurie Garden website but is is like a game trying to match a photo to the name.
I am the last gardener who could implement this look in my small garden, but I can certainly use this philosophy of not worrying about our age old planting system of repeating plants, planting in threes, fives, etc. I am now looking at structure, colors, mood, softness and trying to repeat these attributes rather than just using the same plants throughout the border.
Prairie Dropseed With Allium
Softness, Filipendula rubra venusta
Anemone hupensis japonica splendens
Spikiness and roughness also works with softness
Veronicastrum Virginicum Diane
I have come to the conclusion that most of us cannot have a Piet Oudolf garden but we can use some of his ideas to make our gardens more seasonally interesting.
Well we were headed back home on the "milktrain" again but time flew as we were still talking!