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Floral Mural Enhances 8th Annual Tulips on The Magnificent Mile in Chicago


May 6, 2011 - Chicago, IL

To celebrate the arrival of spring in Chicago and the bloom of hundreds of thousands of tulips along The Magnificent Mile, Landscape Concepts Management, Inc. has created a 3-D floral mural created with over 6,000 flowers. Unveiled on Friday, May 6 at the John Hancock Center Plaza, 875 N. Michigan Ave., the live installation depicts an abstract image of the Michigan Avenue district. The all-natural installation took over 200 hours to complete and will remain on display to delight visitors for up to ten days. This floral mural enhances the 8th annual Tulips on The Magnificent Mile, a celebration of spring that welcomes vivid tulip blooms and a bouquet of special offers from businesses along The Magnificent Mile.

The Magnificent Mile and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands previously sponsored development of the Tulipa Maggie Daley, the first tulip named to honor a mayoral first lady. This elegant, bright pink lily flowering tulip can be found in planters at 700 N. Michigan Avenue and in the Michigan Avenue medians.

The gardens that grace The Magnificent Mile area heighten the overall experience and atmosphere for millions of visitors, residents and area business people that spend time in the district each year. The glorious gardens are made possible by The Independent investments made by the building owners in the area. This year, tulip aficionados will find unique species planted by Landscape Concepts along Michigan Avenue. Some of those include Plait Tulip Mixed-Mixture of Pink, Mauve and Purple Tulips with touches of Lavender at 663-669 N. Michigan Ave.; a Pink Cloud Tulip Mix-White and Light Pink Double Tulips with Hyacinths Blue at 730 N. Michigan Avenue, and Banja Luca Tulips (Yellow flamed Red), White Daffodils and Hyacinth Blue adorning 840 N. Michigan Avenue.

The floral mural includes a gorgeous array of flowers including yellow and pink tulips, Delphinium Summer Nights, Alyssum Snow Crystals White, Angelonia Serena White, Helichrysum Icicles, Osteospurmum Margarita Pink Flare, Osteospurmum Sideshow Bi Color Pink, Sage Golden, Salvia Sally Fun Blue Emotion, Stock Harmony Cherry Blossom, Pansy Panola Blue, Lysimachia Goldilocks, Impatiens Fusion Yellow, Bacopa Lavender and more. The entire design is surrounded by 400 square feet of sod in a street grid pattern.

Family-friendly activities, special offers from area businesses, and hotel packages to complement a spring getaway in Chicago can be found at www.themagnificentmile.com.

About Tulips on The Magnificent Mile®
Tulips on The Magnificent Mile is a month-long event organized by The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association to celebrate the flower synonymous with spring. Each year over 500,000 tulip bulbs bloom in the parkway and median gardens along North Michigan Avenue. Springtime activities and offers are presented by numerous hotel, retail and restaurant destinations during the month of May. For more information, visit www.themagnificentmile.com.

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