American Flower Show Series

Cactus & Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, July 24 – 25, 2021
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.

Sogetsu School of Illinois Ikebana Sogetsu Exhibition

Saturday and Sunday, August 14 – 15, 2021
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.

Friday, August 20, 2021, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, August 21 – 22, 2021, 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 midwestbonsai.org for more information on workshops.

Illinois Mycological Association Mushroom Show & Sale

Sunday, September 5, 2021
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 18, 2021, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 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.

Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 9 – 10, 2021
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.

Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 16 – 17, 2021
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 16 – 17, 2021
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.

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Bulb Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 16 – 17, 2021
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.