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American Flower Show Series

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Show

Saturday, July 11, 2015, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society's annual show features floral arrangements in four artistic categories, and a beautiful, judged display of more than 100 lily blooms in different varieties. This show features true lilies, which are never dormant, but perennial plants arising from a bulb full of scales. A wide variety of true lilies will be on display. Visitors can get tips from experts on how to grow and propagate lilies.

Daylily Show

Saturday and Sunday, July 18 – 19, 2015
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Northshore Iris and Daylily Society, this show features more than ten artistic arrangements and more than 50 daylily varieties in bloom. The sale features iris and daylily plants, available for purchase on both Saturday and Sunday. The show is on Sunday only.

PHOTO: Cactus and Succulent Show

Saturday and Sunday, July 25 – 26, 2015
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago presents a show and sale of cactuses and succulents. The sale features plants grown by members of the society. 

PHOTO: Flower Show

August 1, 2015, noon – 4:30 p.m.
August 2, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A standard flower show presented by the District IX Garden Clubs of Illinois. The show includes table top arrangements, floral designs, educational exhibits, photography, artistic crafts, youth exhibits, and of course, horticulture exhibits. Garden Clubs of Illinois is comprised of nearly 10,000 members and is divided up into nine districts.

PHOTO: Flower Show

Saturday, August 8, 2015, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Gardeners of the North Shore host this annual show, which includes a judged exhibition with more than 500 entries of anything a home gardener can grow, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, and houseplants.

PHOTO: Bonsai Show

Friday, August 14, 2015, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, August 15 – 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Midwest Bonsai Society hosts one of the top three bonsai shows and sales in the nation every third weekend of August. The show draws bonsai enthusiasts from all over the country. More than 100 bonsai are on display. The bonsai marketplace features plants, books, tools, bonsai pots, and more. Workshops are held throughout the show and require registration. To learn more about the workshops, visit www.midwestbonsai.org.

Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show

Saturday and Sunday, August 22 – 23, 2015
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, originated with Ikenobo in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. This show is presented by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Chicago Chapter, and will feature arrangements from members who will be on hand to answer questions about Ikenobo. 

PHOTO: Bromeliad Show

Saturday and Sunday, August 29 – 30, 2015
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago show and sale features plants such as pineapples and Spanish moss, which are generally easy to grow, require little care, and reward the grower with brilliant, long-lasting blooms and ornamental foliage. Society members will be on hand; information on growing bromeliads will be provided. Various bromeliads will be for sale. 

PHOTO: Mycology Show

Sunday, September 6, 2015
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Illinois Mycological Association celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with an exhibition 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: Gourd Show and Sale

Saturday and Sunday, September 12 – 13, 2015
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

Saturday, September 19, 2015, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 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

Saturday and Sunday, October 10 – 11, 2015
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 www.iosoc.com.

PHOTO: Midwest Fruit Explorers

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 – 18, 2015
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

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 – 18, 2015
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

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 – 18, 2015
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.

Roadside Flower Sale Workshops

October 19, 2015
1 – 3 p.m.
October 20 & 21, 2015
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Burnstein Hall

At these workshops, Chicago Botanic 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

October 23 – 25, 2015
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.