American Flower Show Series

PHOTO: Mycology Show

September 7
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Illinois Mycological Association celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with an exhibit of 50 to 100 varieties of mushroom foraged from area forests. Members provide information and answer questions regarding mushrooms and fungi. A children's education area is available, and mushrooms, books, and T-shirts will be for sale. Mycology is the study of fungi and their use to humans as a source for medicine and food; their dangers, such as poisoning or infection; and their benefits to natural ecosystems.

PHOTO: Rose show

This show is cancelled for 2014.
September 7
noon – 4:30 p.m.

Explore the beauty and wonder of one of the world's most beloved blooms. Hundreds of roses will be displayed in this judged show. Rose experts will be on hand to answer questions, and rose blooms will be available for purchase.

Roadside Flower Sale

September 8
1 – 3 p.m.
September 9 & 10
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Burnstein Hall

At these workshops, Garden volunteers and other participants transform dried flowers, grasses, and pods into beautiful arrangements for purchase at the Roadside Flower Sale. The public is invited to participate in the workshops and learn more about flower arranging. All arrangements made during the workshops will be donated to the sale and proceeds will benefit the Garden. Please register for workshops in advance by calling (847) 835-8392.

Roadside Flower Sale

September 12 – 14
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hold on to summer and shop one-of-a-kind natural plant and dried flower arrangements at the Chicago Botanic Garden's annual Roadside Flower Sale. Visit the sale in the Regenstein Center to view gifts incorporating dried flowers, pods, and grasses from the Garden.

More than 300 flower arrangements and wreaths created by talented volunteers are available for purchase. The sale features arrangements, wreaths, bouquets, wall hangings, stationery cards, and more.
Volunteers design the floral arrangements using plant materials they collected at the Garden throughout the year. Professional floral designers lead the creation of each item at special workshops, allowing volunteers to showcase their unique talents and perspectives. Volunteers first hosted this event in 1980.
Proceeds from the Roadside Flower Sale benefit the Garden.

PHOTO: Gourd Show and Sale

September 20 – 21
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

See gourds of all shapes and sizes at this show and sale. The show includes themed and educational displays. Society members and growers will be on hand to answer questions. Vendors will sell crafted gourds of all kinds in addition to dry gourds, seeds, tools, and supplies. Several workshops will be offered through the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Click here to register for workshops.

PHOTO: Dahlia Show

September 27, noon – 4:30 p.m.
September 28, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Central States Dahlia Society is hosting their 81st Dahlia Show featuring exhibitors from all over the Midwest. Hundreds of dahlia blooms ranging in size from a silver dollar to a dinner plate will be judged and on display, with floral designs and photography completing the show. Dahlias are known for their bright, vibrant colors and perfect petal arrangements. Society members will be on hand to provide written information and to answer questions about dahlias.

PHOTO: Orchid Show

October 11 – 12
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Special photographers' hour on Sunday at 9 a.m.

The Illinois Orchid Society presents this show, in which individual orchids in 128 classes will vie for red, white, and blue ribbons. Twenty-five entries will receive "best of class" green ribbons, and the best-appointed plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award from American Orchid Society judges. Tabletop displays, from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids, will be artistically arranged. The Society will provide an orchid sales area and repotting services. For more information, visit

PHOTO: Midwest Fruit Explorers

October 18 – 19
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Freshly harvested fruit grown in the area by the Midwest Fruit Explorers is on display and for sale. Featured are apples, pears, paw paws, grapes, kiwis, and more. See apples turned into cider during apple press demonstrations. Visitors can enjoy tastings and information on growing fruit. Apples, cider, and more will be available for sale.

PHOTO: Daffodil Bulb Sale

October 18 – 19
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Midwest Daffodil Society's bulb sale features many varieties of unique and easy-to-grow daffodils for the gardener who wants some early color next spring.

PHOTO: Lily Bulb Sale

October 18 – 19
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A wide variety of lily bulbs will be available for purchase at the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society's annual sale.

Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, March 7 – 8
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Come join the Illinois Orchid Society at its spring show and sale, in which individual orchids in 128 classes will vie for ribbons. Entries will receive "best of class" green ribbons, and the best-appointed plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award from the American Orchid Society judges. Fourteen displays of orchids will be artistically arranged, and repotting services will be available. Families can take part in numerous orchid-based activities for children. Vendors will also be on-site to sell orchid plants and related products — cut flowers, cultural books, hobby bags of our special IOS potting mix, raffle tickets, and best of all, IOS memberships.