Garden Escapes in Jackson Park
This site makes no effort to itemize the garden cultivars that are planted intentionally in the professionally maintained beds found in parts of Jackson Park, especially as part of the landscaping around the Museum and Science and Industry. Nevertheless, even in some of the more wild or natural areas of the park, one encounters flowers that are well-known horticultural cultivars. Some of these may have been intentionally planted (for example, as part of the original landscaping of the Wooded Island during the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893) and have survived without tending; most are flowers from bulbs, which can be very persistent and can multiply. Others may have spread to parts of the park naturally; some of these are included in the listings of Wildflowers that are the main focus of this site, since they seem to have arrived on their own and naturalized among the flora of the region.
The pictures below show some of the obvious garden escapes; while not "wildflowers," they are often very beautiful and are of course not unwelcome, especially in the early spring.
Snowdrops, 8 March 2021.
Crocuses, 25 March 2021.
Scylla siberica, 25 March 2021.
Puschkinia, 31 March 2021.