Chicago Park District Wins Gold at International Garden Show

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Chicago Park District has won a Gold Medal in Dublin at Bloom 2016, Ireland’s largest gardening show. After two days of adjudication by an international panel of judges, the ‘Bridge the Gap’ show garden won gold. “This accolade is yet another example of the great work by the Chicago Park District that’s being recognized throughout the country and internationally,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Public art like Bridge the Gap engages the mind and tells a story, allowing Chicagoans to appreciate and be inspired by it.”

The design of the garden features two large living structures that form two sides of a bridge without connecting. One side of the bridge, representing Dublin, features plant material known for its Irish heritage and history. The other side of the bridge represents Chicago, and features plant material seen in the city and used throughout the Chicago Park District Conservatories. The medals at Bloom are highly coveted and months of planning go into the design and creation of each of the gardens. This is not the first time the Chicago Park District has won gold. In 2014, the district was awarded the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the largest urban park system to win this award. It is presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Photo Caption: Gold Medal Winner Bridge the Gap show garden

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Park District

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