American Flower Show Series

Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, May 9 – 10, 2020
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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.

Register for workshops here.

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 – 24, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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.

Northern Illinois Hosta Society Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, May 30 – 31, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Northern Illinois Hosta Society presents this show, which features more than 100 cut-leaf specimens of hosta, including rare and unusual varieties. Hosta growers will have garden-ready plants for sale.

Ikebana International Show

Saturday and Sunday, June 6 – 7, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Ikebana International Society presents an exhibition of traditional Japanese flower arranging. This event features many educational opportunities to learn about the mechanics and techniques of ikebana.

Central States Dahlia Society Sale

Saturday and Sunday, June 13 & 14, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Central States Dahlia Society presents its annual plant and root sale. The sale features dahlias in an array of sizes, shapes, and colors. This is a great opportunity to purchase dahlias seen on display at the society's annual show in September. Society members will be available to answer questions and provide written information about dahlia planting and care.

Show of Summer

Saturday & Sunday, June 27 – 28, 2020
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) present the competitive exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors will find competitive flower-arrangement classes, horticulture classes, photography classes, and classes for children. More than 100 GCA members, representing dozens of GCA clubs around the country, will compete. Exhibits will be judged and awards presented. The six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with GCA are the Garden Club of Barrington, Garden Club of Evanston, Garden Guild of Winnetka, Kenilworth Garden Club, Lake Forest Garden Club, and the Winnetka Garden Club.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Show & Sale

Saturday, July 11, 2020, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society's annual show features floral arrangements in four artistic categories, and a beautiful, judged display of more than 100 lily blooms in different varieties. This show features true lilies, belonging to the genus Lilium. There are about 80 different species of lilies, and thousands of hybrids. Visitors can get tips from experts on how to grow and propagate lilies.

Northshore Iris and Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, July 18 – 19, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Northshore Iris and Daylily Society, this show features more than ten artistic arrangements and more than 50 daylily varieties in bloom. The sale features iris and daylily plants, available for purchase on both Saturday and Sunday. The show is on Sunday only.

Cactus & Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, July 25 – 26, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago presents a show and sale of cactuses and succulents, featuring plants grown by members of the society.

Gardeners of the North Shore Show & Sale

Saturday, August 8, 2020, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 9, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Gardeners of the North Shore host this annual show, which includes a judged exhibition with more than 500 entries of anything a home gardener can grow, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, and houseplants.

Friday, August 14, 2020, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, August 15 – 16, 2020, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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 display of 200 bonsai trees, judged by bonsai master Naoki Maeoka. Shop more than a dozen vendors for bonsai trees and supplies. Workshops will be held throughout the weekend for bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels. Visit for more information on workshops.

Saturday and Sunday, August 22 – 23, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, originated with Ikenobo in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering.

This show is presented by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Chicago Chapter, and will feature arrangements from members who will be on hand to answer questions about Ikenobo. 

Sogetsu School of Illinois Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition

Saturday, August 29, 2020, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 30, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition will feature flower arranging demonstrations and 50 ikebana on display. Sogetsu School of Illinois members will be on hand to answer questions.

Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale

Sunday, September 6, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Illinois Mycological Association celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with an exhibition of 50 to 100 varieties of mushroom foraged from area forests. Members provide information and answer questions about mushrooms and fungi. Explore the children's education area and shop for mushrooms, books, and T-shirts at the show. Mycology is the study of fungi that explores how humans use them as a source for medicine and food; what dangers they may pose, such as poisoning or infection; and their benefits to natural ecosystems.

Central States Dahlia Society Show

Saturday, September 12, 2020, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 13, 2020, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

What is it about dahlias that has attracted so many fans and admirers? Dahlias are known for their unique features, vibrant colors, perfect petal arrangements, and overall "wow" factor.

Get ready for an explosive burst of color at the Central States Dahlia Society Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 2,000 flowers in the dahlia family will be judged and on display in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and forms, with floral designs and photography completing the show. Society members will be on hand to provide written information and to answer questions about dahlias.

Roadside Flower Sale

Friday – Sunday, September 25 – 27, 2020
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hold on to summer and shop one-of-a-kind natural plant and dried flower arrangements at the Chicago Botanic Garden's annual Roadside Flower Sale. Visit the sale in the Regenstein Center to view gifts incorporating dried flowers, pods, and grasses from the Garden. More than 300 flower arrangements and wreaths created by talented volunteers are available for purchase. The sale features arrangements, wreaths, bouquets, wall hangings, stationery cards, and more.
Volunteers design the floral arrangements using plant materials they collected at the Garden throughout the year. Professional floral designers lead the creation of each item at special workshops, allowing volunteers to showcase their unique talents and perspectives. Volunteers first hosted this event in 1980. 

Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 10 – 11, 2020
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Special photographers' hour on Sunday at 9 a.m.

The Illinois Orchid Society presents this 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. Tabletop displays, from the rarest of species to cultivated hybrids, will be artistically arranged. The Society will provide an orchid sales area and repotting services. Visit for more information.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Bulb Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 – 18, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A wide variety of lily bulbs will be available for purchase at the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society's annual sale.

Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 – 18, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Midwest Daffodil Society's bulb sale features many varieties of unique and easy-to-grow daffodils for the gardener who wants some early color next spring.

Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 – 18, 2020
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Freshly harvested fruit grown in the area by the Midwest Fruit Explorers is on display and for sale. Featured are apples, pears, pawpaws, grapes, kiwis, and more. See apples turned into cider during apple press demonstrations. Visitors can enjoy tastings and information on growing fruit. Apples, cider, and more will be available for sale.