The English Walled Garden

The English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden was created by English landscape designer John Brookes and dedicated in 1991.

It consists of five distinct ‘rooms’ the smallest of which is the secluded courtyard garden.

The sunny Daisy Garden is enclosed by yew hedges and paved with crushed terra cotta stone walkways.  Here you will find every kind of daisy-like flower in bloom.  Bright sunflowers, coreopsis and rudbeckia surround a central, raised stone urn and there are plenty of wooden seats around the perimeter of the garden so you can stop to rest and take in the scenery.  Stone steps lead down to the Vista Garden.

This area of the English Walled Garden is designed around an octagonal pool surrounded by bluestone terraces and in the corner of this ‘room’ is a pepper pot hideaway which offers a beautiful view looking out over The Great Basin towards Evening Island.

In the Pergola Garden wisteria hangs from the wooden arbors and stone columns while a fountain plays in the circular pool. This seems to be a favorite spot for artists as we often used to see them sketching or painting there.

From a seat by the pool you can see the Cottage Garden. Here the design changes dramatically to that of a somewhat free-and-easy mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and perennials interspersed with brick walkways, stone troughs and containers.

Along the outside of the western wall is a border filled with bulbs, perennials, annuals and shrubs. The color and variety of the flowers is gorgeous and often attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

This was always Mum’s favorite part of the Botanic Garden probably because of its associations with our home back in England where there were many such beautiful gardens, and she would very often sit here while I walked around taking photos.

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28 thoughts on “The English Walled Garden

  1. John Brookes’s garden Denmans is just fown the road from me. He even has a blue bench like the seat by the pool. His garden designs are always interesting. I love walled gardens and throne in the Chigago Botantical Garden looks a lovely garden

  2. Great blog.
    I read Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City about the World Fair in Chicago and now I am so interested. Not been there for many many years.

  3. Thank you for liking my blog too:)- I have a technical question:)- your blog looks so nice with the columns to the right with your archives and such- how did you do that?
    Smiles!

    • I’m not all that computer savvy so I usually just hit the keys and hope for the best. I picked the WordPress blog theme Greenery and then just followed up with the options that appear under Appearance in the left side tool bar; widgets,menus,headers etc. Hope this helps.

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