Thursday, June 2, 2011

A day best described in pictures

Two of my best gardening buddies and I spent the day immersed in plants and design. First, a trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens had us drooling over plants and gorgeous gardens. Then, a lecture by famous Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf gave us a glimpse into his amazing career and how he finds inspiration for his designs, including the one for the Lurie Gardens at Millenium Park in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of this incredible day.

Native Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Star)

Apple trees in espalier form
 
Beauty in the veggie garden

 
Jonamac apples pruned by the pleaching method


Native Chionanthus (Fringe Tree)

We were all gaga over the multitudes of globe allium
My plant obsession for 2011 - Baptisia (False Indigo)

An incredible bonsai

 
Did I mention in a previous post that I love hosta?

A stunning iris

Artists find inspiration in the John Brooks designed walled garden

A bright field of poppies

It was a full house at the Piet Oudolf talk at the Chicago Cultural Center.

 

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