From a ginormous butterfly with a 14-foot wingspan, a 33-footlong snake and a breathtaking, 11-foot-tall peacock to new varieties of flowers, edibles and other plants, this year’s Chicago Flower and Garden show is a preview of spring in full bloom. The show opens today, March 12th and runs through March 20th in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. In addition to the beautiful gardens, flowers and settings, the show also educates. The spectacular Brookfield Zoo garden is just one example. While it catches your eye with its larger than life flower animal sculptures it also highlights the “importance of pollinators like the butterfly to sustain native wildflowers, other animals and ultimately, all of us,” says Tony Abruscato, flower show director. There are 20 more gardens that do the same.
- “Umbrellas: Open to Ideas,” an art exhibit in which the weavers and quilters of Women’s Journeys in Fiber decorate umbrellas and parasols to express societal issues or personal observations, often in a fun, fancy way.
- Atrium Landscape’s garden features a dozen rose varieties, including new introductions by Star Roses® and Plants/Conard Pyle.
- Kehoe Designs, creates a one-of-its-kind entry garden fusing the firm’s experience in event technology and plantscapes.
- Sultry Sangria™ ‘Sprosul’ with a unique purple to pink color, and Polynesian Punch™ ‘Meidoscope’ is a compact floribunda that brings orange, pink, and yellow together in one bloom.
- Aquascape’s circular garden, divided into pie-shaped sections, presents six different examples of small space gardening, each including water features.
- Patch Landscape incorporates beautiful varieties from Weeks Roses including the floribunda Violet’s Pride™ and shrub rose Edith’s Darling™. Both will be 2017 introductions and are part of the Downton Abbey® collection.
Tickets and informationWhat: Chicago Flower and Garden Show Where: Navy Pier Festival Hall When: March 12 through March 20 Hours: Sunday-Wednesday ,10 am to 6 pm; Thursday-Saturday:10 am to 8 pm Tickets: Click here to purchase
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