Looking for something spring-y to brighten up your Chicago winter? Pay a visit to the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show! With ties in the Windy City going all the way back to 1847, this Chicago attraction is a riot of color, fragrance, and beauty after the long and snowy winter. Held on the family-friendly Navy Pier from March 15 – 23, 2014, this year’s show promises to be more fun than ever.
The theme for this year’s show is “Do Green Do Good.” Designed with a specific focus on the role nature plays in our daily lives, the exhibits, seminars, and workshops will showcase landscaping and gardening solutions for a modern life. Whether you’re looking to make your community or business greener, or even just grow your own vegetable garden, various experts will be on hand to provide demonstrations and suggest “realistic solutions” for green living in the twenty-first century. With over 25 different “Feature Gardens,” you’re guaranteed to find something to appeal to your inner gardener at this seasonal Chicago attraction.
Some of the featured components include “Garden Gourmet,” where top Chicagoland chefs provide demonstrations and lecture on their use of fresh and locally-sourced ingredients; “Tablescapes,” a beautiful collection of table settings for fine dining establishments, curated by florists, artists, and retailers from throughout the city; and my personal favorite, the “Art of Floral” Exhibit, in which top designers from the American Institute of Floral Designers will present a charming away of unique arrangements, designed especially for this year’s event. If you have any interest in flowers and gardening – aesthetic, cultural, or even culinary – this is the Chicago attraction for you!
Bring the whole family! At this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show you’ll find the popular “Kids Activity Garden,” filled with special events like “container gardening,” crafts, and interactive exhibits. Of course, Navy Pier is an ideal place to take the kids anyway, with the on-site Chicago Children’s Museum, exciting rides, and bike rentals all within easy reach. You can even participate in an event-wide photography contest, in which any aspiring photographer can submit an original work featuring plantlife. Visit the photography competition website for details, rules, and submission guidelines.