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GLENCOE, Ill. (March 25, 2013) – 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.
Spring shows include:
Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale – Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7
The Illinois Orchid Society presents their 61st anniversary 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. Thirty displays of orchids, from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids, will be artistically arranged. The Society will provide an orchid sales area and repotting services for $5. Vendors will also be on-site to sell orchid plants and related products. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special hours for photographers begin on Sunday at 9 a.m. 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.
Midwest Fruit Explorers Grafting Workshop – Sunday, April 14
The Midwest Fruit Explorers present this hands-on workshop in the Linnaeus Room with step-by-step instructions on how to graft and care for fruit trees. The best varieties for the Midwest will be available, including apple, pear and Asian pear trees. Members will guide visitors to select the right tree for the right location. After purchasing root stock (approximately $5), visitors can follow the demonstration and leave with one or more trees to plant in the ground. Lecture is at 1 p.m. and workshop runs through 4 p.m. No registration required.
Midwest Daffodil Society Annual Show – Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28
Presented by the Midwest Daffodil Society, hundreds of daffodils will be on display and judged by the American Daffodil Society judges. The show will include cut blooms, floral design and photography competitions. Daffodils are judged against standard on condition, form, substance, texture, color, pose, stem and size. Hours are from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society Display & Sale – Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5
Presented by the Glenview/North Shore African Violet Society, this show features unusual African violets and other gesneriads from across the state. Over 50 African violet and gesneriad varieties grown by members will be on display. Members will be available to answer questions about growing gesneriads and African violets. Plants will be available for purchase. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Central States Dahlia Society Sale – Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5
Presented by the Central States Dahlia Society, this show featured dahlias in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and colors. This is a great opportunity to purchase dahlias seen on display at their annual show in September. Members of the Central States Dahlia Society will be available to answer your dahlia-related questions. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days.
American Rhododendron Society – Midwest Chapter Show & Sale – Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12
Presented by the Midwest chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, more than 100 rhododendron and azalea varieties will be on display and for sale. Society members will be available to answer questions, and plants will be available for purchase. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days.
Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Show & Sale – Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19
The Midwest Bonsai Society holds its spring show featuring spring-blooming trees, bonsai on rocks and suiseki (the Japanese art of stones). Vendors, demonstrations and workshops for all skill levels will be offered. Registration is required for workshops; information about them may be found at www.midwestbonsai.org. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.
Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Iris Show & Sale – Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26
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. Hours are from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The American Flower Show Series is endowed in honor of Louise Durham Mead and Walter Langworthy Mead. Burnstein Hall is made possible by a gift from Harriet Kay and Harold R. Burnstein.
For information on flower shows, call (847) 835-5440, or visit www.chicagobotanic.org/plantshows. For more information on plant society meetings, call (847) 835-8284.