American Flower Show Series

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.