Chicago Flower and Garden Show March 7th – 15th
Check your flight now for Chicago to see these wonderful Mayan inspired ruins at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. www.chicagoflower.com
Del Agua Viene La Vida (From Water Comes Life)
National Museum of Mexican Art—Chicago
Designed by Kane Brothers Water Features—Burr Ridge, Ill.
Inspired by an ancient Mayan Galactic butterfly symbol representing all consciousness—past, present and future—this garden is a circular pattern divided into quadrants. One half of the garden heralds the Mayan devotion to the sun god, Kinich Ahau; the other pays homage to the rain god Chac. In this garden, each half is composed of two distinct gardening schemes, one formal and one more natural and organic in appearance. Eye-appealing features include an aqueduct suggesting a Mayan ruin and a formal reflecting pool. Among the plantings are a mix of leaf textures, colors and shapes: forsythia against deep glossy leafs of holly; the red leaf of the Eastern redbud forest, pansy echoing the cinnamon colored bark of the river birch. “Our influences came from Mayan/Mexican culture,” explains Frank Kane, co-owner of Kane Brothers Water Features, “but the plant material is hearty enough for our Chicago environment. What Garden Show visitors see is meant to inspire them. We want people to be able to implement these ideas at home.” To be inspired, visit www.fromwatercomeslife.com.