Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flowers in the City

Some people have this impression that the city is all concrete.  Maybe many cities are, but Chicago is known for its lakefront beaches and biking/jogging path (some 20 miles of it north to south) completely dedicated to the recreation of its citizens (no shipping, commercial industry), its parks, and its FLOWERS!  Mayor Daley has done a great job of beautifying the city and at one point (not sure if it is still true) Chicago was leading the pack in "green cities."  He started the green movement in Chicago by constructing a roof garden on city hall, encouraging other buildings to follow suit.

These are a sampling some of the flowering planters and landscaped areas around the city....

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And these are just examples of planters around Streeterville, my neighborhood.  All along Michigan Avenue are center planters filled with seasonal foliage;  window boxes and planters hang from many buildings on many streets in the city;  the developing River Walk (a subject for a future post) displays gardens and plantings;  and rooftop gardens abound in our city.


Barbara said...

I'm inspired by the combination of coleus and impatiens in one of the photos - will try it in my garden next year. Great that Chicago is going green.

Barbara said...

I'll look forward to seeing your creation next year, Barb! Yes, Chicago was one of the original green cities years ago with Mayor Daley's rooftop planting kicking off the movement! :) I love Chicago! (Even with all of it's political corruption...sigh.)