GLENCOE, Ill. (Feb. 25, 2013) –The Antiques & Garden Fair returns for the thirteenth year to the spring blooming grounds of the Chicago Botanic Garden on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, with a special preview evening on Thursday, April 18. More than 100 dealers from Europe and the United States scour the globe for months to find the best in antique garden furnishings, botanical art and home and garden design to sell during the Fair. Indoor display gardens will interpret the theme, “Color in the Garden: An Artist’s View,” and will be donated and installed by premier landscape designers, including Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., William Heffernan Landscapes, Mariani Landscape, The Organic Gardener, and Maria Smithburg with Manfredini Landscaping & Design. New this year, shoppers may enjoy samples of organically grown wine from Bonterra Organic Vineyards.
Michael S. Smith, one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today, will be the Fair’s Honorary Chair and Guest Lecturer. Smith’s style is a seamless blend of European classicism and American modernism, always fresh, always evolving, always underscored by the belief that everyone should live with things they love. In 2010, Smith was appointed by President Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. The lecture, titled “Building Beauty,” is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19.
Our second guest lecturer is Charles Stick, a renowned Virginia landscape designer who grew up in Western Springs, Illinois. One of the country’s leading classicists, Stick was highly influenced by Dan Kiley to go into landscape architecture and formed his philosophy of design at the University of Virginia. A recent profile of Stick in Garden & Gun, quotes him saying, “In my mind, beauty has very little to do with fashion. Fashion is transient. Beauty has more to do with an understanding of history.” The lecture, titled “Looking at Gardens,” is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.
Tickets purchased on or before April 18 for either the Smith or Stick lecture are $65 in advance; after April 18, they are $70. A combination ticket for the Smith and Stick lectures is available for $105. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price. Lecture ticket purchase includes a three-day Fair pass.
A Style Blogger Panel entitled “Living with Color: Style Bloggers’ Musings on Super Chic Living” occurs at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Meet the talent behind the type as these well-known style bloggers muse on super-chic living! Listen to a lively conversation between The Peak of Chic’s Jennifer Boles, Stylebeat’s Marisa Marcantonio, and design historian Emily Evans Eerdmans. The moderator of this discussion will be the delightful Julia Reed, a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and Elle Décor and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. The dialogue is sure to inspire your design senses as each of these women discusses her unique viewpoint on living and entertaining with style, including favorite finds for the home.
On Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m., Jeanne Pinsof Nolan from The Organic Gardener will give a lecture titled “From the Ground Up.” Nolan, a well-known educator, author and consultant, has helped hundreds of families develop gardens that are beautiful, productive, and uniquely suited to their homes and lifestyles. Her book is forthcoming from Random House in the spring of 2013.
Tickets for the blogger panel and Nolan lecture purchased on or before April 18 are $35 each in advance; after April 18, tickets are $40 each. Garden members receive $5 off each listed price. Lecture ticket purchase includes a one-day Fair ticket for the day of the lecture.
Shoppers on the hunt for classical and contemporary furnishings, botanical art, and jewelry will find a variety of treasures in every price range. Staged in the Regenstein Center with tents over the Esplanade, Rose Garden and Courtyards, the Fair will feature antique dealers and garden-wares, plus magnificent and inspirational exhibit gardens.
Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are available starting February 15 online at www.chicagobotanic.org/antiques or in person at the Visitor Center. Tickets purchased on or before April 18 are $15 in advance; after April 18 tickets are $18. Garden members receive $3 off each ticket price. A three-day pass is $20 for all. Children under age 16 are free with an adult. For safety reasons, strollers are not permitted in the Fair. Regular parking fees apply.
The Preview Evening, featuring priority shopping and elegant fare, will be co-chaired by Kimberly and Randy Burt, Peggy and Jack Crowe, Kathy and Chris Deveny, and Kate and J.T. Fitzgerald. Preview tickets begin at $250 and are available online at www.chicagobotanic.org/antiques or by phone at (847) 835-6944.
Principal sponsor of the 2013 Antiques & Garden Fair is BMO Harris Bank. Additional support provided by American Airlines, Bonterra Organic Vineyards and Plante Moran. The Fair is produced in conjunction with Stella Show Mgmt. Co., New York. Co-producers of the 2013 Antiques & Garden Fair are Cathy Busch, Susan Canmann, Jen Kasten, Donna LaPietra, Jane O’Neil and Peggy Swartchild; artistic director is Bill Heffernan. Proceeds from the Fair benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden’s conservation, education and research programs.