The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool at Chicago’s Lincoln Park

July 31, 2012
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Alfred Caldwell quietly created landscapes rivaling those of his famous mentor Jens Jensen. Now, one of Caldwell’s brilliant works officially ranks among the best, on a short list that includes Jensen’s Columbus Park in Chicago. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool at Chicago’s Lincoln Park has been named a National Historic Landmark, making it one of fewer than 50 landscapes to receive the nation’s highest honor for historic properties.

Reviving Jens Jensen

April 16, 2012
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Jens Jensen's masterwork, the Garfield Park Conservatory, suffered hail damage in June 2011, but the disaster only served to make Chicagoans more aware of the landscape architect's legacy.

Art + Botany: Maher's Floral Motifs

December 29, 2011
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"The leading flower of a neighborhood is nature's symbol of the spirit breathed there."—George Washington Maher 

Art + Botany: Chicago's L Train Garden

September 29, 2011
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A window fringed with lime greens is a lovely vantage point from which to view anything, particularly the concrete skyline of an urban horizon. And that's how passengers on Chicago's CTA train experienced their city on a Saturday afternoon on September 17th—aboard a train car transformed into a mobile garden of native plants and carpets of grass. Passengers shared seat-space with potted flowers, and pole-space with climbing vines. Plants hung from the ceiling, grew from the floor, and peeked out the windows.  

Grand Entrance

August 13, 2011
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Here an allée of elms and linear fountains frame a view of the lake.

Modernist master Dan Kiley died before he could fully realize his vision for the new entrance to the Chicago Botanic Garden, but during the summer of 2005 the final design by his protégé Peter Morrow Meyer of Bristol, Vermont, was unveiled. Kiley, considered one of the 20th century’s greatest landscape architects, died in 2004 at age 91, as designs for the 3-acre garden, known as the Kiley Esplanade, were being formulated.