Chicago Flower and Garden Show kicks off spring in Chicago

Chicago Flower and Garden Show kicks off spring in Chicago

Spring is in bloom, March 14-18 at Chicago’s Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier

Whether you are a serious gardner or just tired of winter the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is your ticket to an early spring.

Every year around this time thousands of visitors pour into Navy Pier to bask in the magical gardens and flower filled spaces.

And that’s not all.

“We are trying to make the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show like no other, with flowers, food and fashion and by partnering with Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase book ownership among at-risk children, says Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

“Bernie’s Book Bank will open the show with an exciting entrance garden that celebrates the rich experiences books and gardens bring to our lives, from childhood through adulthood,”  Abruscato continues. “They’ll also set the tone for the show, with more than 20 experiential gardens and a newly redesigned Home & Garden Marketplace.”

This years theme, “FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell” interprets the unique role flowers, plants and gardens play in the stories of our lives featuring book-themed display gardens and vignettes showcasing hydrangeas, azaleas, tulips, edibles, small spaces, water features and urban design.

“From Aquascape’s interpretation of Neverland to the Emerald City built for Suburu, the gardens bring to life a variety of favorite tales,” says Abruscato.

The show includes daily presentations led by nationally-renowned experts, daily celebrity chef demonstrations in the Garden Gourmet area and daily roll-up-your-sleeves-and-do container Potting Parties. The popular Kids Activity Garden will return, along with the show’s all-new “Get Growing” educational series, featuring interactive how-to performances, workshops and seminars led by regional and national industry experts and authors.

Visitors will also experience gardens from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Racine Zoo, Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Aquascape, Women’s Journey in Fiber and more, as well as window boxes from Garden Clubs of Illinois and tablescapes by noted event and floral designers.  

This year’s show’s has been shorten from nine-days to five days. The show OPENS today, Wednesday, March 14 and continues through Sunday, March 18 at Navy Pier, with extended daily hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


 One day pass, $17 weekdays, $19 weekend, $10 evening; children $5.

For tickets, year-round good-gardening information, show schedules, travel information, individual and group ticket discounts, and more, visit Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

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