Category Archives: Special Feature: Parks / Boulevards / Gardens

 

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The Lost Bird Project - by Todd McGrain

Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

June 19, 2014 through June 21, 2016 [still there in August, 2016.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, in concert with Project Passenger Pigeon 2014, commemorates the centenary of the Passenger Pigeon extinction with the installation of The Lost Bird Project sculpture set.

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Corpse Flower / Titan arum

 Scientific Name: Amorphophallus titanium

Recent months [especially August and September of 2015],  has created quite an interest in a rare flower Amorphophallus titanium, also known as Corpse Flower. In August 2015, a corpse flower dubbed as "Spike" was about to bloom, but could not open. Interestingly a month later, its sibling "Alice" bloomed and delighted...

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The blooming of  Titan Arum [Amorphophallus titanium] - also known as Corpse Flower - is a rare event in the plant kingdom. Before I proceed further, let me just clarify why it is called "corpse" flower.  The flower rarely blooms, but when they do,  the plant produces a strong, pungent odor to attract pollinators. The stinky smell is likened to that of corpse, so the name corpse flower.  For...

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CHICAGO"S BOULEVARDS are the city's most overlooked treasures, and one the largest and oldest boulevard system in the nation. The 28-mile system contains 540 acres of green space, and provide a link between seven inland parks and Lake Michigan.

Although originally built on Chicago's outskirts, the boulevards today encircle the heart of the city and are within three blocks of the homes of...

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