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Museum Campus Garden Walk

LDA’s Summer Garden Walk & Social
Thursday, August 16th

Make plans now to join us for this special opportunity as we tour the gardens of Chicago’s beautiful Museum Campus with Christine Nye and Roy Diblik.

1:00 PM

We’ll begin with a behind-the-scenes look at the new state-of-the-art hanging gardens in the Field’s Stanley Hall. More than 1,000 plants inspired by those from the time of the dinosaurs— ferns, cycads, and arums — create “living clouds” over the skeleton/cast of the huge titanasaurus and pterosaurs on display.
Discover how the gardens are maintained and kept thriving.

2:30 PM

The Shedd Aquarium’s Director of Horticulture, Christine Nye, and noted plantsman and designer, Roy Diblik, will be our guides as we tour the thirteen unique, sustainable gardens that have been developed since 1998. They will also introduce us to the Field Museum’s Rice Native Garden, installed in 2016-2017.
Wear your comfy shoes for this adventure!

5:30 to 8:00 pm

After the walk, we’re gathering for great party on the roof deck at Chicago Specialty Gardens/CSG.  There will be great food and drinks and wonderful city views and atmosphere!  It’s located at 1765 North Elston Avenue, only a short drive from the Museum Campus.  Members who RSVP will be sent additional directions and details.

Cost: Free to LDA members / $15 for guests
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Payment for guests should be made at the event.

Recent LDA Events

The Landscape Design Association’s activities and programs are usually “on hiatus” beginning April 1st, when our members gear up for the incredibly busy design and installation season.  Toward the end of summer, we plan to have a “garden walk” event in combination with an evening social and dinner.  Details will be coming soon.

Here’s a quick review of LDA’s recent programming:

Our March Event - Getting to the Finish Line: From Design to Installation

In a one-day workshop, four designers discussed their process of implementing a project from design to installation and how they overcame obstacles along the way.  Question-and-answer time allowed lively interaction with fellow members and provided additional sharing of experience.  

Our February Event - A Passion for Plants: Mark Dwyer

An inspiring conversation with Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin, sharing his passion for plants and design as well as the teamwork required (thanks to a battalion of volunteers) to plant and maintain the numerous specialty gardens and displays.   Mark also shared his favorite plants, combinations, and design techniques.

Our January Event - The Power and Pitfalls of Cooperation and Collaboration

A panel discussion and round-robin table mixer with suppliers, contractors and designers.  Specialty contractors and providers of nursery stock, irrigation, stone, lighting, and tree services shared their perspectives on working cooperatively and successfully with their designer partners and customers.

Other Events Of Interest

Principles of Garden Design, Tony Wasemann

April 4-May 23, Principles of Garden Design, Tony Wasemann - 6:30-9 pm, $349.  A CBG event.

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Healing Herbs, Andrea Mattson

April 7, Healing Herbs, Andrea Mattson - 1-3 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Color Rendering with Markers, Gary Topalian

April 9-23, Color Rendering with Markers, Gary Topalian - 1-3 pm, $349.  A CBG event. 

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Healthy Soil Healthy Plants, Michael Curry

April 12, Healthy Soil Healthy Plants, Michael Curry - 9 am-noon, $39.  A TMA event.

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Perennials 101, Heather Prince

April 12, Perennials 101, Heather Prince - 7-9 pm, $29.  A TMA event. 

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Designing the Sunny Border, Nina Koziol

April 14, Designing the Sunny Border, Nina Koziol – 10 am-noon, $32.  A CBG event. 

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Designing the Shade Garden, Nina Koziol

April 14, Designing the Shade Garden, Nina Koziol - 1-3 pm, $32.  A CBG event.

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Body Smart Gardening, Jan Hansen

April 14, Body Smart Gardening, Jan Hansen - 1-3 pm, $29.  A TMA event.

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Design a Small Space Garden, Carol Becker

April 19, Design a Small Space Garden, Carol Becker – 9 am-1 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Grow a Cut-Flower Garden, Nina Koziol

May 10, Grow a Cut-Flower Garden, Nina Koziol - 6:30-9 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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Beyond Flowers: Using Foliage in the Garden, Marcy Stewart-Pyzkiak

May 11, Beyond Flowers: Using Foliage in the Garden, Marcy Stewart-Pyzkiak -    10 am-1 pm, $39.  A TMA event.

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American Home Garden Design: 1830-Now, Nina Koziol

May 12, American Home Garden Design: 1830-Now, Nina Koziol - 1-3 pm, $39. A CBG event.

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Hardscape Basics, Paul Laiblin

May 31-August 9, Hardscape Basics, Paul Laiblin - 6:30-9 pm, $374 (Prerequisite requirements).  A CBG event.

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Intro to Grading & Drainage, Paul Laiblin

June 6-August 1, Intro to Grading & Drainage, Paul Laiblin - 6:30-9 pm, $399 (Prerequisite requirements). A CBG event.

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Annual Summer Conference, Galena IL

June 24-27, Annual Summer Conference, Galena IL. An IGIA event.

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Symposium, Raleigh, NC

July 30-Aug 3, National Symposium, Raleigh, NC.  A PPA event.

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Annual International Conference & Trade Show, Columbus OH

August 5-8, Annual International Conference & Trade Show, Columbus OH.  An ISA event. 

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International Design Conference, Toronto, Canada

Sept. 13-17, International Design Conference, Toronto, Canada.  An APLD event.

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Annual Conference & Trade Show, Tinley Park IL

Dec. 11-12,  Annual Conference & Trade Show, Tinley Park IL.  An IAA event.

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