Tiffany's Funds New Garden in Grant Park

The folks who brought us the little blue box will now be responsible for a big beautiful garden in downtown Chicago.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation announced grants today to three cities (Houston, Chicago, and Miami) for the restoration of parks and gardens. These grants are part of the Foundation’s urban parks program for New York City, which has now expanded to parks in other major cities.

The Parkways Foundation and the Chicago Park District will receive $1.25 million to build a garden south of Buckingham Fountain. Named The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Celebration Garden, it will be rented out for weddings and other special events. “With the view of the skyline and Buckingham Fountain… it’s going to be spectacular,” Park District natural resources director Adam Schwerner told the Sun-Times.

Not too far from the Chicago Cultural Center’s recently renovated Tiffany dome, the garden will be open to the public and is scheduled to open in late summer 2009.

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