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Good Growing!

By: Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show 

Chicago is my kind of town and, like the Chicago Flower & Garden Show presented by Mariano’s, it never sleeps. Chicagoland is a four-season wonder filled with hustle and bustle, diversity, and color. From our gorgeous lakefront with spectacular urban views, to our rolling countryside steeped with heritage, Chicagoland is always moving, growing, and never stopping.


On any given day, you can find new life forms that feed us and beautify our surroundings — planted containers precariously perched on a balcony, a community garden with seniors guiding busy pre-schoolers’ hands, or rooftop garden providing cooling relief and an unexpected habitat. What are you creating for your very own green space? If you’re looking for “Do Green. Do Good.” tips, “Like” the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up  for our monthly e-newsletter. We’re here year-round and we’ll be welcoming spring again next year, March 14-22, 2015 at Navy Pier, Chicago’s No.1 tourist destination.

The 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show drew upwards of 40,000 people, in search of spring color and fragrance as a break from the long, relentless winter. Following the show’s close, our Flower Show Productions team, producers of year-round activities of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, donated much of the show’s plants and material – valued at more than $65,000 – to Chicago Help Initiative, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago Department of Water, Chicago Park District, Edison Regional Gifted Center, Growing Power, Peterson Garden Project, 42nd Street Community Garden and St. Nicholas Cathedral School.



We’ll soon be taking the show al fresco, at the 2014 Lake County Fair July 23 – 27 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, Ill. and we’ll be making a monthly appearance here with exclusive posts and tips on the Navy Pier blog. Stay tuned as I offer 2015 show sneak peeks and fresh, use-now ideas from my conversations with our talented line-up of “Do Green. Do Good.” speakers, chefs, educators and exhibitors!


Center: Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show 




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