Winter, Begone! Chicago is in Bloom at Navy Pier

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Spring arrives in vivid splendor as the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, blooms March 18-26, 2017 at Navy Pier.

With more flowers, foliage, and fragrance in 2017 – and the theme, “Chicago’s Blooming!” – the show is a welcome feel of spring at the end of Chicago’s winter.

Turning 170 in 2017 – and marking the occasion with beautiful display gardens, truckloads of plants and expanded “see and do” programs – the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is one of the country’s top three consumer garden shows and one of its oldest, with roots that date back to 1847 as the Chicago Fruit and Flower Show. It was also one of the first consumer shows ever held at Navy Pier.

2017 Chicago Flower & Garden Show

“Chicago’s Blooming!” will present both pretty and practical ideas, showcasing the season’s hottest styles, colors, and textures through 24 display gardens plus large-scale containers, offering nearly 30 points of gardening interest. There’s something for everyone and every lifestyle, from balconies, patios and small-space designs to creative vegetable and herb gardens, inspiring water features and glamorous perennial beds.

Escape late winter surrounded by glorious perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs. Enjoy roses, hydrangea, hyacinth, tulips and so much more, as well as lush water features, bungalow facades and even an elevated train track! Children will love creepy-crawly insects, planting activities, make-and-takes and dig-in fun in the “Kids’ Activity Garden.”

DIY Network television star Ahmed Hassan takes the “Gardening Live!” stage on Friday and Saturday, March 24-25. The high-energy, fast-paced shows and potting parties presented by the industry’s garden stars turn visitors’ “how can I?” into “look what I created!” Hungry for good cooking ideas? Savor garden-to-table presentations by celebrity chefs at an all-new, in-the-round theater setting.

Get your questions answered during the show’s “Seminar Series.” These presentations inspire and motivate every level of green thumb, from novice to seasoned pro. Bonus: Learn which of the season’s hottest edibles, annuals and perennials earn special honors from the National Garden Bureau, and decide if they’re right for your kitchen, container or planting bed.

Tickets & Information

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is open to the public from March 18-26, 2017. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Sundays, and Monday through Wednesday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Save some green by purchasing group, and individual day and evening tickets online at www.chicagoflower.com.

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