Chicago is known as Paris on the Prairie due to its massive, lush parks, plant life, and fantastic lakefront. The suburbs are also filled with large forest preserves, and animal life in which bike paths that begin in the middle of the city cascade through, and reach exurbs as far as Aurora, and Joliet. However, you don’t even need to get out of downtown to get a taste of nature at the Flower and Garden Show this year.
Displays and Workshops at the Flower and Garden Show
The Flower and Garden show will take place at Navy Pier in Festival Hall from March 9-17, 2013. The show will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. With Chicago’s reputation as perhaps the greenest metropolis, it is no wonder that this yearly event is nationally renowned for its incorporation of diverse designs, flowers, blooming plants, trees, and shrubs.
This year’s theme is “The Art of Gardening,” so if you are looking for inspiration as well as information, you will find both among the shows many displays, and workshops. There will be featured gardens as well as landscape displays that depict fine art. Over 25 gardens will range in texture, color, design, and natures elements.
New this year will be a totally redesigned show floor, small space displays, and interactive workshops and presentations. The daily free seminars and workshops will be led by industry professionals from all over the country who will share their expert knowledge on landscaping, organic, and all types of gardening techniques, and much more.
The show attracts all kinds of people, including professionals from The American Institute of Floral Designers who will provide floral arrangements for the show. There will be an extensive line of various lawn-care items available in the marketplace, as well as plants, flowers, seeds, and wares of all kinds. Gardening, landscape, and horticultural products, and services will be offered from more than 100 vendors.
There will also be a photography competition and cake decorating competition, and it is not too late to signup as a volunteer, sponsor, or even exhibit. For information about tickets visit the Flower and Garden Show online.