As you step onto the flagstone landing at the beginning of the Garden Trilogy, you are welcomed by a colorful display of flowering bulbs and annuals, highlighted by a stunning planter display. Every garden tells a story, and this one has three. Follow the directional sign to begin your journey to the three gardens: Wonderland, Secret, and Enchanted Forest. These gardens are tied together with a book-related motif and a color scheme to honor the noble work done by Bernie’s Book Bank.
Follow the brick path to the Wonderland Garden, a space enhanced by the beauty of the color, texture, and form of a variety of plant material highlighted by color-changing accent lighting washing into the ornamental trees canopies. A few whimsical surprises, such as the “Book Wall” and “Book Flowers” catch the eye and help guide you through the space.
Entering the Secret Garden, you are transformed into a more secluded, defined space that radiates with the geometry of the circle. The lime green and dark gray colors are complimented by natural wood to bring the spirit of Bernie’s Book Bank to life in the space. Reinforcing that spirit is a “Book Bench”, complete with a sharing library underneath, that offers a place to rest and read. A metal pergola provides additional seclusion and defines the bluestone gathering space below.
Your last destination takes you along a decorative gravel pathway through the Enchanted Forest, defined overhead by tree canopies and along the woodland floor by colorful flowering shrubs and lush foliage. The space is intended to transform you into a delightful woodland setting, reminiscent of an old fairytale setting. Along the way, magical spikes of books emerge from the woodland floor to provide focal points that lead you back to the beginning.
Founded by Barbara and Philip Rosborough in 1991, Rosborough Partners has built an innovative, down-to-earth landscaping business based on relationships. The solid, long-standing relationships between our clients and staff ensure good communications, effective solutions and impressive results.
Rosborough Partners, one of Chicagoland’s premier full-service landscape architecture firms, takes a three-fold approach to deliver consistency and excellence:
Artistry – We design our landscapes for visual delight
People – We listen carefully and work hard to make our clients happy
Commitment – Our business is founded on a single goal: satisfying you, our client
Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
To learn more about how you can support Bernie’s Book Bank in their mission, click here!