How to Take Inspiration from the Stunning Landscapes of Chicago

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Being in Chicago gives you the opportunity to explore various gardens and landscapes that are just breathtaking. If you are planning to improve the landscape in your home, you can certainly take inspiration from the famous gardens of Chicago. Let’s take a look at some of them here so you can get great ideas on how to design and achieve the garden that you have been dreaming of.

Baha’i House of Worship

This stunning landscape took about two decades to reach its present beauty. The gardens are a harmonious ensemble of different plants. It was a real challenge for the landscape architects. Nonetheless, they were able to push through. Now, the Baha’i House of Worship is a testament to their hard work and perseverance. If you look at the gardens from afar or overhead, you will find that it almost looks like a Persian carpet. It’s that intricate and complex.

Elwa Farm

The Elwa Farm used to be a “gentleman’s farm.” It was built in 1917 for the Armour family. The property’s buildings have stayed the same. The landscape architects were amazed by the scale of the gardens when they worked on it. According to them, it was ten times bigger than anything they have ever done. Once you visit the place, you sure will be mesmerized by it, too. The garden is huge at 2.2 acres and it has a seasonal garden market. Their biggest produce is cut flower which are grown and harvested using organic methods.

Asian Art Gallery Residence

The front parts of the Asian Art Gallery Residence only have a number of shrubs, sever shade trees, and mostly lawn. However, at the back is where the real garden awaits you. There you’ll find big Buddha sculptures and oversized pots. There are two separate areas meant to be outdoor galleries. The Zen-inspired gardens surround the museum which houses Chinese artifacts. You will find this place very serene and peaceful.

Tip: How to Choose a Landscape Company

Designing you own garden and working to make each of the plants grow harmoniously is going to take a lot of hard work. You can save yourself the trouble by hiring an expert who can turn your vision into reality. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Select a landscape company that is a member of the ILCA or Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.
  • Take time to look at the company’s portfolio so you can see their previous creations.
  • Ask for an estimate for the project. This includes contractual obligations, materials to use, and the cost of the overall improvement.
  • Check if they have business liability insurance and workers compensation insurance that is right for the whole project’s duration as well as operation. Be sure to look at the certificates.
  • Also check if they are licensed appropriately for this type of work.

Wrapping It Up

Don’t those gardens just make you want to get started with improving your own? Once you have chosen your landscape company, it will be a much easier task to lay down the plans and start working on creating the garden that you would love to have.

Do you have a favorite landscape that you want to replicate in your own garden? Share them in the comments. We’d love to know.