Not your ordinary rooftop garden…

Walking from the Pritzker Pavillion southward to the Chicago’s Art Institute one finds oneself immersed in a restored native prairie landscape, the Lurie Garden. I was there this autumn as the flowers were becoming seedheads insuring next year’s blooms. This is another marvel of Chicago’s parks. And, most amazing is that it grows on top of the massive underground garage just east of Michigan Avenue. Building this park was a major experience that required more than one revision. Read about its history here. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
I will share with you, this week, some of the magnificence of Lurie Garden. With the city skyline in the background Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifloium) competes for the attention as one of the few remaining tall prairie natives. The leaves are sharp and the seedheads are not fun to brush against; both warn you to keep away much like it’s namesake. Read about Rattlesnake Master here. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg

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