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A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.

Lurie Garden Tour Volunteer

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The five-acre Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, designed by plantsman, Piet Oudolf, is reviewing applications for volunteers in 2006. Since it's opening in 2004, millions of curious visitors have experienced the garden. In 2006, we will provide these visitors with a series of regularly scheduled garden tours. The guided tours will be offered alternate Sundays from May 14, 2006 through early October from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We hope to have four to five Master Gardeners on hand during this time.

As a Master Gardener, you will have the opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with visitors to the garden, while also meeting diverse people from around the world. Your various talents and commitment will be the cornerstone of this new tour program.

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park has more than 240 varieties of native and non-native plants. You will be trained by Colleen Schuetz, Head Horticulturist for the Lurie Garden, along with the staff of Millennium Park. During the training process, we will educate you on the many varieties of plants, as well as the garden's unique design concept. The website will also provide learning resources including a photographic index of all the plants in the garden. We are confident that this will be a great opportunity to become more familiar with your natives and also to experience up close this dynamic park and the "New Wave Perennial Movement".

The City of Chicago is committed to accommodating the millions of tourists that visit us every year. This would be a great opportunity to share our knowledge while improving the experiences of these visitors.

If you are interested in helping this coming spring contact Nancy Kreith at 773-233-0476 or email her at

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