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Lurie Garden Presents: Spring Bulb Lecture with Jacqueline van der Kloet

May 4, 2023 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm The Tank

Join us for a conversation with renowned landscape designer and plant specialist, Jacqueline van der Kloet, as she takes us on a trip around the world.

Jacqueline, who is best known for her expert use of flowering bulbs in stunning combinations, will share insights from five international garden projects she has worked on in the past five years. Highlights include Expo Floriade, a 150-acre ‘garden city’ created once every ten years in Holland; Shinko Central Square, a park in the center of Yokohama, Japan, celebrating the National Urban Greenery Fair; and Chicago’s very own Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.

Through stunning photographs and illustrations, Jacqueline will showcase these exciting projects and share their creation stories. Her vibrant, whimsical, and innovative work will inspire you to create your own unique and beautiful garden space or at least stroll through the exquisite spring flowering bulb display next door in Lurie Garden.


Jacqueline van der Kloet became a qualified garden and landscape designer after studies at the Royal Horticultural Institute for Garden and Landscape Architecture in Boskoop, The Netherlands and at the Provincial Institute for Horticultural Studies in Anderlecht, Belgium.

She started her own business in 1985 and initially mainly designed private residential gardens. From the start, she developed a passion for plant combinations, especially for perennials and bulbs, and thus became a renowned plant specialist.

Nowadays, her field of assignments is wide: she still designs the odd private garden, but she also works for city parks, national and international flower exhibitions like Keukenhof and Floriade and for all kinds of other projects which require her experience in plants and bulbs. So far, her job and passion has taken her to countries all over the world, from Sweden to Italy and from the USA to Japan and China.

Jacqueline van der Kloet lives in Weesp, a small city east of Amsterdam, where she loves to work in her own garden, which is situated on a peninsula in the river Vecht. The garden, ‘De Theetuin’( can be visited all year around.

Besides working as a designer and plant specialist, Jacqueline van der Kloet also is an author. She wrote numerous columns and articles for garden magazines and published 10 books so far, of which the last ones, ‘Kleur je Tuin’ (‘Colour your Garden’) and ‘Een jaar in mijn tuin’ (‘A year in my garden’) have been translated in English.

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park combines naturalistic plantings and ecologically sensitive maintenance practices to create an urban oasis for city dwellers and wildlife alike.

Open Daily, 6am – 11pm. For up-to-date park information, please visit the Millennium Park website.

May 4, 2023 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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