American Flower Show Series

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.