Digging Deeper: The Gardens at Halcyon Lodge

Digging Deeper: The Gardens at Halcyon Lodge

Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan

Sat, Jun 23, 2018
3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Spend an afternoon exploring the gardens at Halcyon Lodge with host Pamela Miles, a contemporary folk artist. In many ways, this property chronicles the ongoing story of Chicago’s North Shore. Built in 1905 when Lake Forest was developing in to a desirable suburban address, the residence was named “Halcyon” for the pleasant breezes off Lake Michigan. The grounds were originally laid out by landscape architect, O.C. Simonds, who, with Jens Jensen, created the Prairie Style that celebrates native land forms and plants of the Midwest. He was deeply influential, particularly in the region where his many works include the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. The architect, Howard Van Doren Shaw, was one of the most famous in the Chicago area and a leader in the American Arts and Crafts movement. Both Simonds’ and Shaw’s work combined historical and regional references with design ideas that were then utterly contemporary. Over more than 100 years, the garden has evolved but it maintains both a fresh charm and a sense of being grounded in time and place. The latest landscape architect to leave a mark at Halcyon Lodge is Douglas Hoerr, partner in the renowned Chicago firm Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. Formal borders have been simplified, some now decked in a soothing scheme of green and white, but still showcase historic elements like a fountain and fish pond. A tea house built in the 1920s has been converted to a guest house, and a swimming pool and vine-covered pergola have been added. An enclosed herb garden with heirloom apple trees has been created in the former service yard. Inspiration awaits in this artful blending of modern sensibilities and rich history.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Halcyon Lodge
1350 Lake Road
Lake Forest, IL

Date and time
Saturday, June 23, 2018
3 p.m.

$40 Garden Conservancy members
$50 nonmembers

For more information, call the Garden Conservancy's Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442, or via email at opendays@gardenconservancy.org.

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