Increasingly, large cities are recognizing the value of converting urban space to nature areas devoted to native flowers, grasses and other local flora. These kinds of natural places offer a refuge from the hectic pace of city life, while also attracting birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
In order to create these spaces, cities use innovative strategies. The High Line in New York is a natural pathway developed on an old elevated train track. In Chicago, the Lurie Garden is located right in the heart of the city over an underground parking garage. Creating beautiful public gardens can inspire people to plant their own gardens, creating more biodiversity in our world and bringing more joy and peace for those who take the time to enjoy God’ creation.
Check out this Lurie Garden video in which Dutch landscaper Piet Oud0lf discusses his work in developing this very special place.