Spring Flower and Bonsai Show this Weekend

Spring Flower and Bonsai Show this Weekend
There are a few events on my garden calendar that let me know that winter is almost over. The first is the Spring Flower Show at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  The show runs from Saturday, January 19th through Sunday, May 8th. As a hater of poinsettias I generally avoid the conservatory during the winter and only return when they've been removed for the Spring Flower Show. The first half of the show showcases Azaleas in a stunning array of colors. April brings a change of color and texture as hydrangeas in bloom are given the spotlight. Easter lilies bloom take center stage around Mother's Day.  Not only can the Spring Flower Show give you a break from the monotony of winter, it can also help you plan your garden. Take a camera or smart phone with you and photograph the Azaleas and later the hydrangeas that you like. Name the photo file with the botanical and common name, in the spring take the picture with you to the garden center or nursery and ask them to help you locate the shrub. 
Three Friends of Winter Bonsai Show.jpg
The next show, which isn't as long, is The Three Friends of Winter bonsai show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Pine, plum and bamboo are showcased as examples of flourishing under adverse conditions.  Since it is winter this bonsai show focuses on the silhouettes of the plants and gives you an opportunity to really appreciate the trunk and branch structure of these plants and the mastery behind the art of bonsai.
 
Bonsai Silhouette Show
Friday, January 28, through Sunday, January 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Family Activities
Saturday, January 29, 
and Sunday, January 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lectures 
Saturday, January 29, 
and Sunday, January 30, 2 p.m.
Soon it will be time for Macy's Flower Show and the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Then we get to complain about the humidity and construction before hunkering down for another winter, where we complain about snow, ice and people cleaning out parking spots!
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