Sunday, March 6, 2011
Chicago Flower & Garden Show: My Favorite Part
This year it was the Meditation Garden: unique and exotic but not ostentatious. This garden wasn't a traditional in-ground or Zen garden; it featured a series of containers lining a winding path of tree trunk steps, leading to a golden statue of Buddha cradling an echeveria.
It was like all of my guilty horticultural pleasures at their most peaceful and beautiful.
Why can't calla lilies grow with tulips all the time?
Bolting kale, tropical trees, enormous containers bursting with color: all the things I never grow or can't do well but love anyway!
Obviously Midwestern natives are the heart and soul of my garden. They are the plants that belong here and they're the key to my gardening fulfillment here in the Midwest. But this was a different type of plant love. Tender perennials, succulents and annuals exploding out of huge urns! If only I could replicate this type of beauty in some alternate universe where the temperatures, maintenance and watering requirements didn't apply!
The only drawback? You couldn't walk through this garden! This bamboo stick kept me (and everyone else) from wandering down the path which, I must admit, maintained the peaceful aura.
I could only look from the outside in and dream of what it might be like to stand amongst those containers, those plants...just like in regular garden life!
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is going on now through March 13th at Navy Pier. I'll have more posts on other aspects of the show coming soon!