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Bulb Planting at the Lurie Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -

September 24-26

Please join us for this one-of-a kind event!! Meet Dutch horticulture experts Piet Oudolf, Franz and Jacqueline when they come to Millennium Park in September to supervise the planting of their new spring bulb design for the Lurie Garden. Over 75,000 bulbs have been generously donated to Chicago by the International Bulb Center.

We are looking for hands-on volunteers to help plant bulbs on September 24, 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2 shifts per day 8-12 and 12-4). On-site training and refreshments will be provided. In addition, we are recruiting information volunteers to staff our bulb information booth (all three days) and family activity tent (Sunday only). In addition to getting an inside look at the execution of this exciting project, all volunteers will be invited to a private wrap-up party with our honored guests on Tuesday in the Lurie Garden.

If you can commit to at least one shift or have any questions, please email Kathy Bernreuter at Please specify your availability and if you are interested in volunteering as a planter or as a public information provider. We look forward to having you join us in creating what will sure to be a spectacular spring bulb display for Millennium Park!

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