Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Burrowes Hall Garden Design

Garden Design

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Gary Lehman‌Many levels of symbolism emphasize the natural and spiritual character of this garden design. The duality of self and the community is reflected in the separation of the community and individual reflection areas. The community space is a paved area designed as a medallion; the reflection area are celestial connections to the rising of the sun during the Winter and Summer solstice, highlighting one’s humble role in the universe between Sun and Earth. These two areas are linked by a labyrinth, which offers a meditative experience while moving from one space to another and provides insight into the wolf and kettle legend with sculptures that can only be viewed while descending from the reflection area.

Read the full ‌Proposal for Garanzini's Garden: by Gary Lehman.

Marcus de la Fleur: ‌While combining the formality of the cloister courtyard architecture with the lake front geography and Illinois dune landscape topography, this garden highlights architect George Maher’s flower motif by using lotus flower mosaics in the cobblestone patios. The patios serve as both social and individual reflection areas and are defined by unique focal points – a tree and fountain – which serves as the center of the lotus flower itself. The courtyard is framed by tall-arched arcades, planted with flowering vines. The center walk features undulating valleys of flowers and seas of grasses, and the gathering areas for contemplation are nestled between grasses, flowers, and shady trees.

Read the full Proposal for Garanzini's Garden: by Marcus de la Fleur

Brian Houck: This garden is framed with a naturalist border blending native, ornamental and edible plants to the north and a complimentary woodland border with white tree trunks and a soft carpet of green textural plants interspersed with blooming bulbs to the south. The arch motif of the patio reflects the theme of architect George Maher’s design of Burrowes Hall. A short limestone wall buffers the wind and adds height, and visitors are able to enjoy sun-warmed seating spaces out of the back door. A stroll along the garden provides more private spaces for reflection on limestone outcroppings closer to the water’s edge.

Read the full Proposal for Garanzini's Garden: by Brian Houck

J‌ulia Plumb: Anchored around the concept of protecting and supporting birds and their habitat, Avian Sanctuary is the theme for this garden design. The three zones of the garden flow from one area to another naturally – active zone into meditative area into bird sanctuary. The active area features a vertical green wall with grape and hop-grown vines and a permeable brick-paver patio with a grill for cookouts and ornamental containers with vegetables and decorative annuals. The meditative area invites visitors to explore the wooden boardwalk that travels over a wetland feature with native lilies and fish. The final area highlights the Avian Sanctuary with plantings of dune and woodland arrangements, birdhouses, wildflowers, and grasses.

Read the full Proposal for Garanzini's Garden: by Julia Plumb

C‌hris Rink: Tying into Loyola’s Catholic mission, this garden design is framed into the shape of a cross while simultaneously featuring native plants and providing a serene setting due to the uniformity and approachable flora. The center of the cross is a water feature. The nooks at the north and south end provide a space for intimate reflection, while the Lookout Point at the eastern end allow for large groups to enjoy the vistas of Lake Michigan.

Read the full Proposal for Garanzini's Garden: by Chris Rink

A‌ndrew Scott: Creating a space that provides multiple platforms for people to interact or to secede from the stresses of the day, this garden is a place for solitude, community, growth, reflection, and rest. The social gathering space closer to Burrowes Hall serves as a place to entertain and propel the university’s mission. From Burrowes Hall, a native prairie with large shade trees leads to an intimate patio space for reflection with a great view of the lake and Chicago skyline. This connection to nature gives people the opportunity to live life through the garden.

Read the full Proposal for Garanzini's Garden: by Andrew Scott

‌Carmen Vidal-Hallett: Similar to how architect George Maher designed Burrowes Hall with a flower motif, the plaza, the central social gathering space of the garden, is designed in the shape of a flower to reflect Maher’s floral theme. From the plaza, the garden branches out to include a rain garden complete with a miniature bird house of Burrowes Hall, orchard with fruit trees, trellises of grape vines, a student-designed mural, and a spiral-shaped meditation garden enveloped in fruit shrubs and rain garden ground covers.

Read the full Proposal for Garanzini's Garden: by Carmen Vidal Hallett

Photos by Leann Ngo and Taylor Choy

This is program is made possible through a generous grant from NOAA and the Illinois Coastal Management Program.