The variety of Hyde Park Gardens and Open Spaces, public and private

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Berm Gardens along 55th Street University to Drexel

55th St. berm gardens, north side 55th University to Drexel

Background Lutheran School of Theology; across the
street is the U of C, which maintains the gardens and was
the driving force behind their creation. Architect: Wolff-
Clements

55th St. berm gardens, north side 55th University to Drexel
55th St. berm gardens, north side 55th University to Drexel

The Flamingo Hotel, 55th and South Shore: a highly formal garden that extends and yet contrasts with Burnham Park across the street and Promontory Point kitty corner.

Gardens at Flamingo Hotel, 55th and South Shore Gardens at Flamingo Hotel, 55th and South Shore

A street edge floral burst enhances 1700 E. 56th condominium, across the street from Jackson Park while a mix of annuals and perennials gives life to the edge-fence of the City parking lot at 53rd and Lake Park (managed by the Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee).

Garden at 1700 E. 56th tower The Garden Fair Committtee takes care of this garden at  the 53rd/Lake Park City Garage. It's oftne much better than this.

Residents of this block east of the University have turned their lawns collectively into a blend of informal flower garden and wilderness with only some lawn. Whole blocks have lines of enormous trees, which lead to creative gardening solutions.

(One unfortunate trend in this reviewer's estimation is to haul in timbers to have raised beds of mostly ground cover smothering the bases and roots of the trees. Too many also use the "volcano" style of mulching rather than creating a berm to hold water and keeping mulch away from tree bases.)

Dorchester gardens in southeast Hyde Park Dorchester gardens in southeast Hyde Park

You may wish to contrast the new Midway Plaisance Readers' and Winter Garden, in its setting of rows of stately trees and lawn panels, with both the Wildflower Meadow and the north formal English garden in Nichols Park (navigate from its main page.) Then again there is Jackson Park's Osaka Japanese Garden, contrasted with the Frederick Law Olmsted park template, Wooded Island's natural areas, and Bob-o-link Meadow.