More than three dozen OLLI members discovered how Chicago's official motto "Urbs in Horto" (or "City in a Garden") continues to guide the city's vision of maintaining and increasing green space for all when they took a full-day trip to several gardens in the city.
The first stop of the day was a visit to the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, where participants learned how the site, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was redesigned in the 1930s by Prairie School landscape architect Alfred Caldwell and later used by the Lincoln Park Zoo as a waterfowl rookery.
The group also visited the Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, and the Garfield Park Conservatory. The Conservatory, designed by Jens Jensen, was considered revolutionary when it first opened in 1908 and was described as "landscape art under glass."
OLLI thanks docents Pamela Risher and Linda Dunne for coordinating our visits to these beautiful city spaces.