GLENCOE, Ill. (July 31, 2013) – From September 6 to 8, the year-long efforts of Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers will shine at this year’s Roadside Flower Sale. Volunteers collect flowers, pods, and grasses all year in preparation for the sale, which will feature one-of-a-kind dried-flower arrangements. The Roadside Flower Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day and features arrangements, wreaths, bouquets, stationary cards, potpourri, and more.
Dried-flower arranging workshops will be hosted one week prior to the sale, from Tuesday, August 27, through Friday, August 30. Workshops will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and 1 to 3 p.m. Workshops are free and are led by professional floral designers. Parking is also free for workshop participants. All arrangements created at the workshops will be sold at the Roadside Flower Sale, and proceeds benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden.
“The workshops are very popular and provide a wonderful hands-on opportunity to learn about proper dried-flower arranging techniques, while at the same time supporting the Roadside Flower Sale,” said Judy Cashen, director of Volunteer Services. “Even experienced participants who have attended the workshops in past years will register for several classes so they can get new ideas and learn from different instructors.”
Volunteers are seeking donations of unusual baskets, ceramic containers, and vases. Anyone interested in donating items can call Volunteer Services at (847) 835-5440. Both workshops and the sale will be held in Burnstein Hall. Participants for the workshops may register in advance by calling (847) 835-8392.
Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free. Select event fees apply. For information about Garden programs and events, call (847) 835-5440, or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.