GLENCOE, Ill. (April 21, 2014) – More than 700 guests reconnected with friends, enjoyed early shopping privileges, and sampled organic wines and exquisite food at a special Preview Evening for the 14th Antiques & Garden Fair, spring’s first party at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The April 10 fundraiser earned $225,000 for the Garden’s conservation, education and research programs. Guests were the first to view and select from rare treasures curated by more than 120 antiques dealers from across the United States and Europe. The meticulously designed displays, set amid indoor gardens installed by the area’s premiere landscape designers, offered the best in garden antiques, home furnishings, botanical art, collectible fashion accessories and more.
Guests strolled through tented pavilions and exhibition halls, tasting elegant appetizers such as bite-sized terrines of beets and goat cheese and button mushrooms stuffed with herbed Boursin, garlic, truffle oil and microgreens served by Jewell Events Catering. Appetizers were arranged on picturesque carts, custom-made for the event, and hanging trays festooned with flowers. A buffet of salads, breads, side dishes, orange-and-pistachio-crusted duck breasts and chimichurri-marinated bistro sirloins completed the meal. Desserts ranged from comforting favorites such as warm chocolate-chip cookies with milk shooters to tiny key lime pies. Since no party is complete without beverages, cocktails were provided by Beam, wine from Bonterra Organic Vineyards, and beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.
New this year were prints from the Big Blooms series by fashion- turned nature-photographer Paul Lange, who greeted guests and helped interpret the larger-than-life floral portraits gracing the walls of Krehbiel Gallery. Another addition was a Men’s Lounge created by the Isle of Man America, a vintage collectibles company based in Chicago. Beautifully refurbished vintage motorcyles, a canoe and bomber-style jackets helped create that “man-tique” feel.
Principal sponsor of the 2014 Antiques & Garden Fair was BMO Harris Bank. Additional support was provided by Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Plante Moran and The Scout Guide. The Fair was produced in conjunction with Stella Show Mgmt. Co., New York. Co-producers of the 2014 Antiques & Garden Fair were Cathy Busch, Susan Canmann, Jen Kasten, Donna LaPietra, Jane O’Neil, and Peggy Swartchild; artistic director was Bill Heffernan.
Indoor garden displays were donated by William Heffernan Landscapes, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., Schmechtig Landscape Company, the Schwebel Company and Artemisia with Manfredini Landscape and Design.
The weekend-long Fair brought southern warmth and grace to the Garden through keynote speakers Miles Redd and Danielle Rollins. Redd, a rising interior design star originally from Atlanta, shared the sources of inspiration for his trademark blend of fantasy and sophistication. Rollins, a preeminent Atlanta hostess and tastemaker, described ways to add grace and style to parties and everyday life.
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