This spring, Burpee Home Gardens donated 1400 plants to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home exhibit. Smart Home is an interactive display on the museum campus and a 20-minute tour that showcases innovative ways to live green.
Over 100 varieties were selected from a mixture of vegetables, herbs and flowers. They will be planted around the Smart Home’s “Smart Park” where visitors can discover native plantings; vertical, rain and vegetable gardens; and a 40-foot wind turbine. Smart Park demonstrates thoughtful landscape design with an eco-friendly aesthetic, and includes systems that sustain and replenish the environment.
The garden was designed by Gregory M. Pierceall (seen here in the photograph along with Burpee team members Seth Reed and Carolyn Dixon) and planted by volunteer Master Gardeners lead by Ronald Wolford, Extension Educator of Urban Horticulture for the University of Illinois. The plants were grown by Schaefer Greenhouses & Garden Center in Montgomery, Illinois.
The plantings will be finished up in early June, and will be on display all season long. For more information, or to plan a visit to the exhibit, visit www.msichicago.org.