This year's theme of "The Sport of Gardening" at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is best exemplified by the garden installation by Christy Webber Landscapes, who teamed with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks organization. Of all the garden displays this year this particular garden is my favorite, and I don't even follow sports! Not only is it in keeping with the sports theme, it takes a garden them and elevates it beyond the kitschy and creates something beautiful that even I wouldn't mind replicated in my yard.
The outdoor entertainment area complete with television, the Blackhawks logo created out of a living wall, the colors, the fountain and pool that looks like a hockey rink, the garden fence made from hockey sticks, the proportions and plant selections is pitch perfect. I asked if the pool could be frozen over to create a mini-hockey rink and the employee working there during the show said that it could, but that the plastic liner that create the hockey rink would have to be removed. I've gone back to see the Chicago Blackhawks garden three times now and every time I've forgotten to photograph the plants because I've just been wowed by everything else about the garden.