American Flower Show Series

Midwest Daffodil Society Show
Midwest Daffodil Society Show

April 26, noon – 4:30 p.m.
April 27, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Midwest Daffodil Society’s show features hundreds of daffodils on display that will be judged by the society. The show includes cut blooms, floral design, and photography competitions inspired by the display gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Daffodil growers of all skill levels are invited to participate. 

PHOTO: Violet Show
Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society Show & Sale

Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society presents an annual show that features displays of more than 50 African violets and other gesneriads. Some plants will be available for purchase. Society members will be available to answer questions.

PHOTO: Dahlia Show
Central States Dahlia Society Sale

Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Central States Dahlia Society presents its annual plant and root sale. Featuring dahlias in an array of sizes, shapes, and colors. This is a great opportunity to purchase dahlias seen on display at the society's annual show in September. Prices begin at $4. Society members will be available to answer questions and provide written information about dahlia planting and care.

PHOTO: Rhododendron Show
American Rhododendron Society Show & Sale

Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

More than 100 varieties of rhododendron and azaleas will be on display and for sale at this show presented by the Midwest chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Chapter members will also be available to answer questions.

PHOTO: Midwest Bonsai Show
Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Bonsai Exhibition

Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Midwest Bonsai Society’s spring show features spring-blooming trees, bonsai on rocks, and suiseki (the Japanese art of stones). Visitors can also enjoy demonstrations and workshops and shop for bonsai and bonsai supplies. Registration is required for workshops.

Click here for more info.

PHOTO: Iris Show
Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show & Sale

Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Northshore Iris & Daylily Society, the show features more than ten artistic arrangements and 75 irises in bloom. Irises and daylilies will also be available for purchase.

PHOTO: Hosta Show
Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale

Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Northern Illinois Hosta Society presents this show, which features more than 100 cut-leaf specimens of hosta, including rare and unusual varieties. Hosta growers will have garden-ready plants for sale.

PHOTO: Show of Summer
Show of Summer

June 21 & 22, 2014
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) present the competitive exhibition My Kind of Town at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors will find competitive flower arrangement classes, horticulture classes, photography classes, and classes for children, as well as an exhibit on seed banking and conservation. More than 100 GCA members, representing dozens of GCA clubs around the country, will compete. Exhibits will be judged, and awards presented on Friday, June 20. The six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with GCA are the Garden Club of Barrington, Garden Club of Evanston, Garden Guild of Winnetka, Kenilworth Garden Club, Lake Forest Garden Club, and Winnetka Garden Club.

PHOTO: Ikebana Show
Sogetsu School of Illinois Ikebana Exhibition

June 28, noon – 4:30 p.m.
June 29, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition will feature flower arranging demonstrations and 50 Ikebana on display. Sogetsu School of Illinois members will be on hand to answer questions.

PHOTO: Lily Show
Northshore Iris and Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale

July 12 – 13
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.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Show
Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Show

July 12, noon – 4:30 p.m.
July 13, 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.

PHOTO: Cactus and Succulent Show
Cactus & Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale

July 19 – 20
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago presents a show and sale of cactuses and succulents. Sale features plants grown by members of the society. Free children’s educational programming will be provided by Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment (ME4E).

PHOTO: Bromeliad Show
Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale

July 19 – 20
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. 

Ikebana International Show
Ikebana International Show

July 26 – 27
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Ikebana International Society presents an exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging. This event features many educational opportunities to learn about the mechanics and techniques of Ikebana.

PHOTO: Flower Show
Gardeners of the North Shore Show

August 9, noon – 4:30 p.m.
August 10, 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
Mid-America Bonsai Society Show & Sale

August 15, noon – 5 p.m.
August 16 – 17, 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
Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show

August 23 – 24
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: Mycology Show
Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale

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
Northeastern Illinois Rose Society Show & Sale

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
Roadside Flower Sale Workshops

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 dry 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
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
Illinois Gourd Society Show & 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
Central States Dahlia Society 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
Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale

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 www.iosoc.com.

PHOTO: Daffodil Bulb Sale
Midwest Daffodil Society 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
Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society 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.

PHOTO: Midwest Fruit Explorers
Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale

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 on sale.