GLENCOE, Ill. (January 31, 2013) – In 2013, the Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 40 years of flower shows with 30 shows from March through October. The American Flower Show Series, a growing national horticultural program, brings together amateur and expert gardeners and educators by offering floral exhibits and programs that focus on America’s favorite flower groups. Visitors can discover the best plant varieties to grow in their own home gardens, see the "Best of Show" plants on display, learn about plant diversity at its finest, buy plants to take home, and have their questions answered by the Midwest's leading plant enthusiasts and experts. Most shows are held in Burnstein Hall in the Garden's Regenstein Center. Visit www.chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for more information or call (847) 835-5440.
Northern Illinois Gesneriad Show & Sale – Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24
The annual Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society show features approximately 50 exhibits of 20 types of gesneriads. Visitors can learn about the types of gesneriads, gesneriad propagation, and get tips on how to grow these interesting plants. Plants, cuttings, tubers, and rhizomes will also be available for purchase.
Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale – Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7
The Illinois Orchid Society presents its annual Spring Show and Sale. Individual orchids in 128 classes will be judged and the best will be given red, white, and blue ribbons. Twenty-five entries will receive "best of class" green ribbons, and the best plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award. Children can also get in on the fun with special orchid activities geared just to them.
Midwest Fruit Explorers Grafting Workshop – Sunday, April 14
The Midwest Fruit Explorers sell grafting supplies including scion wood and guide newcomers in grafting fruit trees. Event begins at 1 p.m. No registration is required.
Midwest Daffodil Society Show – Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28
The Midwest Daffodil Society’s show features hundreds of beautiful daffodils. Highlights of the show include cut flowers, floral designs, and photography competitions.
Central States Dahlia Society Sale – Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5
The Central States Dahlia Society presents their 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 their annual show in September. Prices begin at $4.
Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society Show & Sale – Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5
The Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society presents their annual show that features displays of more than 50 African violets and other gesneriads. Some plants will be available for purchase and members of the Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society will be available to answer questions.
American Rhododendron Society Show and Sale – Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12
More than 150 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.
Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Show & Sale – Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19
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; information about them may be found at www.midwestbonsai.org.
Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show & Sale – Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26
Sponsored by the Northshore Iris & Daylily Society, the show features more than ten artistic arrangements and 75 irises in bloom. Visitors will also be able to purchase irises and daylilies.
Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale– Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2
The Northern Illinois Hosta Society presents this show, which features more than 100 cut leaf specimens of hosta, including rare and unusual varieties.
Sogetsu School of Illinois Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition – Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30
Visitors will be wowed as they view more than 50 Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) in this exhibition presented by the Sogetsu School of Illinois. Ikebana remains one of the most distinctive arts in Japanese culture.
Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Show – Saturday, July 6 & Sunday, July 7
The Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society brings their annual show to the Garden July 6 & 7. The 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.
Northshore Iris and Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale – Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
The Northshore Iris & Daylily Society presents their annual show, which features more than 10 arrangements and more than 50 varieties of daylilies in bloom. Some iris and daylily plants will be for sale, and range in price from $3 to $10.
Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale – Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21
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 and information on growing bromeliads will be provided. Various bromeliads will be for sale. The Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago holds its meetings, which are open to the public, on the third Sunday of the month. Meeting dates are subject to change.
Cactus & Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale – Saturday, July 20 & Sunday July 21
The Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago presents this show and sale of their favorite cactus and succulents. ME4E (Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment) will also provide a free educational program geared toward children. This is a combined show with the Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago.
Garden Club of Illinois District IX Show – Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28
Presented by the Garden Clubs of Illinois District IX, this show includes a judged exhibition of flower arrangements as well as a cut horticulture competition. The Garden Clubs of Illinois is comprised of nearly 10,000 members and is divided among nine districts.
Ikebana International Show – Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4
The Ikebana International Society presents this exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging. Visitors will also get the chance to learn the mechanics and techniques of Ikebana for themselves.
Gardeners of the North Shore Show & Sale – Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11
This annual show is open to all amateur gardeners and will feature a judged exhibition with more than 300 entries of anything a home gardener can grow. See flowers, vegetables, herbs, and houseplants. Some plants will also be available for sale. The Gardeners of the North Shore holds its meetings, which are open to the public, on the first Tuesday of the month. Meeting dates are subject to change.
Mid-America Bonsai Show & Sale – Friday, August 16, through Sunday, August 18
Presented by the Midwest Bonsai Society, this show draws visitors from across the United States, and is often regarded as one of the top three shows of its kind in the country. Enjoy a judged display of 200 bonsai trees and shop more than a dozen vendors for bonsai trees and bonsai supplies. Workshops will be held throughout the weekend for bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels. Visit www.midwestbonsai.org for more information on workshops. Free demonstrations and lectures will be held.
Roadside Flower Sale Workshops – Tuesday, August 27, through Friday, August 30
All year long, Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers collect and dry flowers, grasses, pods, and grasses, which they later turn into beautiful arrangements available for purchase at the Roadside Flower Sale. The public is also invited to participate and learn more about flower arranging at various workshops a week prior to the sale. All arrangements made during the workshops will be donated to the sale and proceeds will benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden. Register for workshops in advance by calling (847) 835-8392.
Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale – Sunday, September 1
The Illinois Mycological Association presents this celebration of fall mushrooms. The show features 50 to 100 varieties of mushroom foraged from area forests, as well as mushroom-related books, t-shirts and other merchandise available for purchase. A children’s education area will also be set up to teach the Garden’s youngest visitors about these fabulous fungi.
Northeastern Illinois Rose Society Show & Sale – Sunday, September 1
Visitors are invited to view hundreds of roses that will be on display during this judged show, presented by the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society. Rose experts will be on hand to answer questions and rose blooms will be available for purchase at the end of the show.
Roadside Flower Sale – Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8
Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers host the 33rd annual Roadside Flower Sale. One-of-a-kind displays and sale of natural, handmade plant and floral arrangements will be available. The Roadside Flower Sale showcases ideas on how to decorate indoors and make gifts from the Garden’s specially-collected dried flowers, pods, and grasses. All proceeds benefit the Garden.
Illinois Gourd Society Show & Sale – Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 15
Many varieties of gourds will be on display in the Runnells Courtyard and Burnstein Hall during this weekend presented by the Illinois Gourd Society. Vendors will have plenty of gourds available for sale and workshops will be available to teach visitors how to use gourds.
Central States Dahlia Society Show – Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22
Dahlias are known for their bright, vibrant colors and perfect petal arrangement. More than 1,000 dahlia blooms from blooms as small as a silver dollar to as large as a dinner plate will be on display in this annual show. Society members will be available to answer questions regarding the culture of dahlias. Blooms are for sale at the close of the show on Sunday.
Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show – Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
Presented by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society Chicago Chapter, this show highlights ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Each day there will be flower arranging and tea ceremonies presented to the public.
Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale – Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13
Orchids in 128 classes will vie for red, white, and blue ribbons, as well as "Best of Class" green ribbons. Orchids, ranging from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids, will be artistically arranged on tabletop displays. The Illinois Orchid Society will also provide $5 orchid repotting services and orchids will be for sale. The Illinois Orchid Society holds its meetings, which are open to the public, on the second Sunday of the month. Meeting dates are subject to change. For more information on plant society meetings, call (847) 835-8284.
Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale – Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20
Enjoy locally-grown and harvested fruits at the Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale. Apples, pears, paw paws, grapes, kiwis, and more will be on display and for sale in Burnstein Hall of the Regenstein Center. Visitors can enjoy apple press demonstrations and fruit tastings and learn more about growing various kinds of fruit. Apples, apple cider, and more will also be on sale.
Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale – Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20
The Midwest Daffodil Society hosts their annual bulb sale featuring hundreds of bulbs with unusual hard-to-obtain varieties with proven color, hardiness, and stability, plus expert advice from daffodil enthusiasts.
Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Bulb Sale – Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20
A wide variety of lily bulbs will be available for purchase at this annual sale presented by the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society.
Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free. Select event fees apply. Parking is per car; free for Garden members. For information about Garden programs and events, call (847) 835-5440, or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.