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American Flower Show Series

PHOTO: Cactus and Succulent Show

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 – 22, 2018, 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.

PHOTO: Flower Show.

Saturday, August 11, 2018, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 12, 2018, 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.

PHOTO: Bonsai Show

Friday, August 17, 2018, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, August 18 – 19, 2018, 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. Free demonstrations and lectures will be available. Also, workshops will be held throughout the weekend for bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels. Visit midwestbonsai.org for more information on workshops.

Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show

Saturday and Sunday, August 25 – 26, 2018
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. 

IL Mycological Association Mushroom Show

Sunday, September 2, 2018
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.

PHOTO: Ikebana Show

Saturday, September 8, 2018, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 9, 2018, 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.

Central States Dahlia Society Show

Saturday, September 15, 2018, noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 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.

Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 – 14, 2018
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 www.iosoc.com for more information.

PHOTO: Midwest Fruit Explorers

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 – 21, 2018
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.

Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 – 21, 2018
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.

Lily Bulb Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 – 21, 2018
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.

Roadside Flower Sale Workshops

October 22 – 24, 2018
Monday, 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Burnstein Hall

At these workshops, Chicago Botanic Garden volunteers and other participants transform dried flowers, grasses, and pods into beautiful arrangements for purchase at the Roadside Flower Sale. The public is invited to participate in the workshops and learn more about flower arranging. All arrangements made during the workshops will be donated to the sale and proceeds will benefit the Garden. Please register for workshops in advance by calling (847) 835-8392.

Roadside Flower Sale

Friday – Sunday, October 26 – 28, 2018
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.