Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 22, 2013

Chicago gets flowery

Annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show starts March 9


THE GOSHEN NEWS

— The Chicago Flower & Garden Show will take place March 9-17 at Navy Pier Festival Hall A& B.

For those willing to spend a little extra, there will be a preview party March 8.

“Evening in Bloom” preview party will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit local greening charities and not-for-profit organizations.

This event is open to the public, with tickets costing $125 per person.

Show

Times for the regular show will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Professionals will be on hand to “inspire, educate and motivate gardeners from novice to pro with practical and visual tips and ideas they can implement themselves to beautify and enhance their gardens, patios, porches, decks, lawns and landscapes,” show officials said.

Attendees will get answers about any aspect of garden design, creation and maintenance.

Visitors can talk directly with professionals at the gardens, or attend one of the free seminars.

Some special events include workshops, seminars, classes, programs and other events and will take place through the run-of-show.

Details can be found online at www.chicagoflower.com.

Highlights

Highlights elements include:

• The Artist Palette Garden, featuring 1,000, blooming hyacinths.

• What’s believed to be the first-ever U.S. exhibition of Ecuadorian roses, which areprized around the world for their incredible size and beauty

• Representatives of the American Institute of Floral Designers, creating arrangements that interpret artworks across several mediums.

• One-of-a-kind artworks from acclaimed artists Emmy Star Brown, whose hand drawings on reclaimed windows produce garden creations; Jeffrey Breslow, whose sculptures combine the beauty of tree limb “architecture” with stones and water features; and unique photography from Chicago Photographer David Weinberg.

• Daily floral “make and take” workshops, where visitors will learn the tricks to creating their own floral arrangements from the industry’s top designers.

• A “How-To” garden, presented by The Home Depot and Diet Coke, will host upwards of 100 workshops and classes, providing practical gardening and landscape pointers.

Featured Gardens

Each of nearly two-dozen feature gardens is completely redesigned.

These include:

• “Jurustic” Park, with iron-sculpted animals, and the Whimsical Garden, a tribute to Dr. Seuss, all in Rich’s Foxwillow Pines’ garden (22nd year exhibiting).

• “Garden of Victory” from The Peterson Garden Project, highlighting the World War II Victory Gardens that produced food for a war-weary generation of Americans.

• The “Art of Living” ultimate backyard, with a functional but beautiful patio setting, featuring an outdoor kitchen, pergola and three-season room, in the Advantage 1 and Leisure Woods garden

• Tablescapes “An Art-Ful Table,” featuring tables that feed fantasies of style and form created by local design and retail companies.

• The popular Kids’ Activity Garden, presented by JULIE Illinois One-Call System.

• Other gardens builders include Aquascape, Inc., The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago Park District, Growing Grace, Growing Power, Lurie Garden with Midwest Groundcovers and Roy Diblik, Reflections Water Light Stone with ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, The Home Depot and Women’s Journeys in Fiber.

History

With a legacy in Chicago that can be traced to 1847, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show welcomes upwards of 50,000 visitors to Navy Pier annually. Show tickets are available at the Navy Pier Box Office and online at www.chicagoflower.com.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased weekdays. Admission is $15 when tickets are purchased online; $17 at the box office. Weekend admission is $17 and $19, respectively. Tickets for children ages 4 through 12 are $5. Group rates and tours are available.

General Parking

Public transportation is encouraged. Discount parking at Navy Pier is $14 Monday through Thursday before 5 p.m., and $19 Friday through Sunday before 5 p.m. Parking is $10 daily after 5 p.m. Overflow parking is available at River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St. Rates start at $12 for half an hour and run up to $38 for a full day.



Trolley

 Approximately every 10 minutes during the show, the Navy Pier trolley operates between State Street and the pier as follows:

Monday through Friday and Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m

Sundays: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.