This year, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show will be blooming with more opportunities for education, inspiration, and motivation than ever before! “The Art of Gardening” will showcase a stunning palette to color all senses, plus offer more guidance with experts, demos, and hands-on workshops – everything you need to get outdoors and enhance your environment with confidence. What’s new for the 2013 show? This is the first year they’ll be hosting an extensive “How-to Garden” area featuring a “Gardening Live” stage. And be sure to check out the colorful ideas breaking ground through the show’s partnerships with the Garden Clubs of Illinois, American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter, and the American Institute of Floral Designers. They’ve also included new displays of edible and community gardening and of course art in the garden, to coincide with their 2013 theme.
The show’s reinvented feature gardens will be brimming with creativity, from vertical planting walls to Chicago-style small space solutions you can take home to your own backyard or window box. Created and designed by nationally-acclaimed landscapers and horticultural professionals, this year’s take on “The Art of Gardening” theme will be exquisite, lush, and inspirational!
Stroll through jaw-dropping display gardens presented by Advantage 1 with Leisure Woods, Aquascape, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago Park District, Lurie Garden with Midwest Groundcovers and Roy Diblik Home & Garden, Peterson Garden Project, Reflections Water Gardens with ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Center, Rich’s Foxwillow Pines, Stuifbergen Bloembollen Export, Home and Garden Supply, Garden Clubs of Illinois, Women’s Journey in Fiber, and many more!
As you wander through “Jardin d’impressionisme” by Reflections Water Gardens, you’ll see the gardens at Giverny the way Monet did with all five senses. The garden will be a monument to the power of nature and water and an interpretation of Monet’s gardens into Midwest reality. In Wingren Landscape’s “Back Yard Utopia,” step from your hectic day into a private retreat with indoor comforts translated into an al fresco living room, complete with sleek fire and water features and a rich, hardscape path. Growing Power’s “Art on the Farm” will explore the textures, layers, colors, and forms of edible plants that can be aesthetically integrated into any garden. This mini-farmette will be brimming with early spring herbs and vegetables and will showcase creative yet simple ways to add art and color to your garden.
Let the kids get their hands dirty in the “Kid’s Activity Garden,” designed by Growing Grace and featuring fun gardening projects they can learn from and take home. Sign up for a workshop, make your own container or floral creation, participate in an educational seminar, and find the perfect addition to your green space in the show’s “Marketplace.” The 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is designed to inspire, educate and motivate, and as you explore its canvas, you’ll come away with more creative, ready-to-use ideas than there are colors in a Monet painting!
To get $2 off the box office price for each adult ticket purchased and order tickets for “Evening In Bloom,” the show’s exclusive March 8 preview event, click here. Show parking starts as low as $10 at the Navy Pier East and West garages. Click here for public transportation options to Navy Pier. See you at the show!