Winter Flower Garden and Train Shows in Chicago

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Looking for a garden fix this weekend? Visiting the winter flower shows around Chicago is a good way to surround yourself with plants and flowers during these dreary days. If you have family and friends visiting for the holidays get them out of the house and into one of the conservatories for a couple of hours. The free Winter Flower & Train Show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a must, especially if you kids who like model trains. The Holiday Flower Show at the Garfield Park Conservatory, gives you a nice backdrop for family pictures. Both of these are free and easily accessible by CTA.

If you’re up for a short trip check out the Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Here’s a video I made last year of the Winter Flower & Train Show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory:


You can see more picture of the Winter Flower and Train Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory Show here.


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  • Fun! And you don't *have* to have (or be) a kid to enjoy train displays! :) P.S. What was that single red cabbose thingie on its own at the end??

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    I don't know the technical name for it, figured it was a trolley or one of those cars that skiers use to get up around mountains.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    How festive and wonderful! As gardenfairie said, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy train displays. I love them. Our town's old train station has been converted into a microbrewery/restaurant, and there's a model train that runs along the ceiling. It's really cool. The place has a great vibe, good food, good beer, nice vintage decor with those old, divided-pane, wavy-glass windows, and the train's my favorite part.

    I hope to take my grandson to visit an awesome train village a local resident sets up in her home every year. She opens her display to visitors by appointment. We went a couple of years ago, and I think he'll enjoy it even more now that he's a little older.

    I really like the combo of model trains and plants. A train garden is a fantasy of mine!

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    A train garden is a fantasy of mine too. One day it dawned on me how I could have one indoors and the day I went to the store to buy the train that gave me the idea the store was closed. Haven't found a small enough train since then.

    You both have make an excellent point, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy the train. It was just on my mind because I want to take the nephews and niece to see it.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    For some reason, I'm not finding flowers and trains all that compatible. Maybe it's because of the train to flower noise ratio. I like trains and I'm a flower nut, but I'll keep them separate.

  • In reply to TheWriteGardener:


    You know, it probably isn't that noisy in person. I think the camera's microphone setting is crazy. The slightest noise sounds extremely loud. Thanks for signing up for an account TC, I really appreciate the support.

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