Commercial Maintenance Gold Award 13
The landscape at Shedd Aquarium has been developed by Christine Nye into a sustainable exhibit for visitors to the Museum Campus. Each garden is a demonstration of how to make choices that increase the sustainable aspects of a site. There is a Rain Garden, Xeriscape Garden and a Wetland Garden demonstrating ways to use water in the landscape in an appropriate way.
There are numerous vegetable gardens inspiring gardeners to add vegetables to their annual and perennial plantings. There are expanses of natural areas which integrate native plants and grasses with nativars to create wildlife habitat and beauty. These spaces require no watering and little maintenance. All these different gardens offer a new way of thinking about the landscape; you can add habitat and save resources at the same time. But each comes with its own maintenance requirements; a challenge only a true gardener would appreciate. All the gardens have interpretation panels that explain to visitors the principals at work. These panels were created to describe the concepts to visitors with the hope of inspiring change.