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Chicago Park District and ECCo Break Ground for a Museum Campus Native Plant Garden

The native garden will replace a patch of lawn by the Museum’s north entrance. Photo: Laura Milkert

The Environmental, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) Division embarked on an exciting collaboration with the Chicago Park District to remove a section of turf grass on the Museum’s north side and replace it with a colorful native plant garden. The garden will allow ECCo to take the message of conservation outside our walls to the Museum Campus. It will also provide a living example of species from our collections, while promoting native landscaping as a conservation practice. In 2010 we obtained donations for all the plant materials and designed the garden. The Park District will install the garden this spring in time for the fall opening of the new Abbott Hall of Conservation: Restoring Earth exhibition.

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), a native to Midwestern prairies, is a favorite of local pollinators and will be part of the new Museum garden. Photo: Rebecca Schillo