Fall Bulb Festival

Welcome fall, think spring!
Year after year, one of the most popular family days at the Garden!

Friday, October 10, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Preview bulb shopping for members only

Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PHOTO: Hay maze


Adults can:

  • Sip cider, wine, and beer (available for purchase)
  • Check out the live music
  • Shop your local vendors (more than 20 this year!)
  • Buy mouth-watering jams, herbs, and vegetables
  • Bring home gourmet baked goods, chocolate, and honey

Kids can:

  • Navigate the straw bale maze
  • Move it at a fun outdoor fitness activity
  • Be amazed by the gourd “mountain”
  • Join in on leaf rubbing, a leaf hunt, or making mini-scarecrows


2013 Fall Bulb Festival Catalog

PHOTO: Fall Bulb Festival

The annual bulb sale is presented by the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society. The Woman's Board is in its fourth year of “Growing the Future,” a $1 million pledge to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Proceeds from this event support fellowships for the plant biology and conservation graduate program, a collaboration between the Garden and Northwestern University.

  • More than 200 varieties of daffodils, tulips, alliums, and specialty bulbs
  • Top-quality bulbs from the Netherlands
  • “Roving” horticulturists and staff to answer your questions and offer up bulb tips
  • Mums, asters, peonies, potted amaryllis, and paperwhite narcissus, as well as "Bulb Boost" bulb fertilizer

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