Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair 2012: A Guide to Getting Around.

Chicago Botanic Garden Antiques and Garden Fair 2012: A Guide to Getting Around.

Chicago, Thursday, April 19, 2012. Starting today The Chicago Botanic Garden will be transformed into a wonderland of inspiration with old world antiques situated in magnificent garden settings at the Antiques and Garden Fair. The highly-anticipated show features dealers from Europe and the United States with over 100 displays of antique garden furnishings, botanical art and home and garden design.

Here’s what you need to know if you go:

The Goods.

Shoppers on the hunt for classical and contemporary furnishings, botanical art, garden wares and jewelry will find a variety of treasures in every price range featured in a dreamlike setting under tents over the Esplanade and the Rose Garden.

The Gardens.

While 24 display gardens bloom outside, indoors, visitors will be treated to magnificent and inspirational exhibit garden displays donated and installed by premier landscape designers including:

Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc. Bergmann has created an Asian inspired garden with a terra cotta paver floor, containers of plants and a round table draped in an Oriental rug surrounded by willow chairs in the Esplanade Tent.

Rosborough Partners‘ garden showcases a curved walkway with terraces and dining elements on the North Stairs.

William Heffernan Landscapes features boxwood, silver and mirror to create a semi-private dining setting in a modern American style in the Krehbiel Gallery.

Maria Smithburg with Manfredini Landscaping and Design have created four corner gardens with a striped floor of cerulean blue and white, square and rectangular planters and an archway in the Rose Garden Entry Tent.

Schmechtig Landscape Company has suspended trellis sections to create four corner gardens around a dining table in the Rose Garden Tent.

The Food.

Hungry–not to fear–there are two sit-down cafes in the Antiques and Garden Fair that will be serving a variety of food offerings. They will be open during Fair hours of 10a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the Garden Cafe is open in the Visitor Center 8-5 weekdays and 8-5:30 p.m. on weekends.

The Speakers.

David Easton will present a talk on  “A Design Journey of the Past, Present and Future” at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20.,  Easton’s lecture will take a look at garden design from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Ancient Rome and beyond.

David Howard, the former head gardener at Highgrove,will share his expertise at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Howard, who worked closest to H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, on his extraordinary creation, Highgrove will give a lecture on “My Gardening Life,  40 years of gardening in the U.K.”

Lecture tickets are $65 per lecture in advance and $70 per lecture at the door; tickets for both lectures are $105 (all lecture tickets include a three-day Fair pass).


Complimentary floral arrangement demonstrations will be given on Saturday and Sunday at designated booths at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


The show opens to the public on Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, 2012. In addition there is a special preview evening on Thursday, April 19. The preview evening features priority shopping and elegant fare.  Preview tickets are available by phone at (847) 835-6944.  Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Tickets are $15 in advance; $12 in advance for members. A three-day pass is $20 for all. Single-day tickets at the door are $17; $14 for members. Children under age 16 are free with an adult. For safety reasons, strollers are not permitted in the Fair.


There will be tents over the Esplanade and the Rose Garden as well as vendors in Burnstein Hall, Runnells and Searle Courtyards, Nichols Hall, Joutras Gallery, and the Greenhouse Galleries. The Chicago Botanic Garden is located in Chicago’s north suburban Glencoe on Lake Cook Road, just east of I-94, The Edens Expressway.


Parking at the Chicago Botanic Garden is $20 per car; free for Garden members.

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