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American Flower Show Series

Midwest Daffodil Society Show

Saturday, April 29, 2017, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Midwest Daffodil Society’s show features hundreds of daffodils on display that will be judged by the Society. The show includes cut blooms, floral design, and photography competitions inspired by the display gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Daffodil growers of all skill levels are invited to participate. 

PHOTO: Violet Show

Saturday and Sunday, May 6 – 7, 2017
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Hoosier African Violet Society presents an annual show that features displays of more than 50 African violets and other gesneriads. Some plants will be available for purchase. Society members will be available to answer questions.

PHOTO: Dahlia Show

Saturday and Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Rhododendron

Saturday and Sunday, May 13 & 14, 2017

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

More than 25 varieties of rhododendron and azaleas will be on display and for sale at this show presented by the Midwest chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Chapter members will also be available to answer questions.

PHOTO: Midwest Bonsai Show

Saturday and Sunday, May 20 – 21, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Iris Show

Saturday and Sunday, May 27 – 28, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Bromeliad Show

Saturday and Sunday, May 27 – 28, 2017
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago show and sale features plants such as pineapples and Spanish moss, which are generally easy to grow, require little care, and reward the grower with brilliant, long-lasting blooms and ornamental foliage. Society members will be on hand; information on growing bromeliads will be provided. Various bromeliads will be for sale. 

PHOTO: Hosta Show

Saturday and Sunday, June 3 – 4, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Ikebana Show

Saturday, June 10, 2017, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 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.

Show of Summer

Saturday & Sunday, June 24 – 25, 2017
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.

Annette von Einem Floral Design Lecture/Demonstration
Saturday, June 24, 2017
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $60 (Member discount not applicable for this lecture)
Alsdorf Auditorium
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The Show of Summer is pleased to present Annette von Einem, contemporary floral design artist. Annette von Einem’s floral aesthetic sets her apart from virtually every contemporary floral designer working today. Over the past 18 years, von Einem has developed her whimsical sense of design and honed her creative skills in floral arrangements as unique pieces of commercial art. Working from her floral design studio in Copenhagen, von Einem creates floral designs for weddings, corporate events, and private brands. Her innovative designs seek to capture and interpret the essence of each client’s experience. As a young designer, von Einem has earned a reputation for exciting and innovative design based on current trends in floral art. Her work is meticulous in interpretation of color, texture, and contrast while focusing on pure and simple design. Von Einem’s visionary work with flower design has gathered great interest for her style and techniques, and she teaches seminars and workshops around the world, from Kazakhstan to Scotland. From her workshop in central Copenhagen, von Einem works primarily with fashion and event clients, like Elle Magazine Award, Danish Design Award, international jewelry design Charlotte Lynggaard, international hotel franchises, and other major events. We are delighted that her first trip to the United States will be the Show of Summer. To learn more about von Einem, visit her website at

Annette von Einem

Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Show

Saturday, July 1, 2017, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 2, 2017, 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, which are never dormant, but perennial plants arising from a bulb full of scales. A wide variety of true lilies will be on display. Visitors can get tips from experts on how to grow and propagate lilies.

Daylily Show

Saturday and Sunday, July 8 – 9, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Cactus and Succulent Show

Saturday and Sunday, July 15 – 16, 2017
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Ikebana International Show

Saturday and Sunday, July 22 – 23, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Flower Show

August 5, 2017, noon – 4:30 p.m.
August 6, 2017, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A standard flower show presented by the District IX Garden Clubs of Illinois. The show includes table top arrangements, floral designs, educational exhibits, photography, artistic crafts, youth exhibits, and of course, horticulture exhibits. Garden Clubs of Illinois is comprised of nearly 10,000 members and is divided up into nine districts.

PHOTO: Flower Show

Saturday, August 12, 2017, noon – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 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 18, 2017, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, August 19 – 20, 2017, 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 guest bonsai master. 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 for more information on workshops.

Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show

Saturday and Sunday, August 26 – 27, 2017
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. 

PHOTO: Mycology Show

Sunday, September 3, 2017
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 regarding mushrooms and fungi. A children's education area is available, and mushrooms, books, and T-shirts will be for sale. Mycology is the study of fungi and their use to humans as a source for medicine and food; their dangers, such as poisoning or infection; and their benefits to natural ecosystems.

PHOTO: Dahlia Show

Saturday, September 9, 2017, noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hundreds of dahlia blooms ranging in size from a silver dollar to a dinner plate will be judged and on display, with floral designs and photography completing the show. Dahlias are known for their bright, vibrant colors and perfect petal arrangements. Society members will be on hand to provide written information and to answer questions about dahlias.

PHOTO: Orchid Show

Saturday and Sunday, October 14 – 15, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Midwest Fruit Explorers

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 – 22, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Daffodil Bulb Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 – 22, 2017
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.

PHOTO: Lily Bulb Sale

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 – 22, 2017
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 23, 2017
1 – 3 p.m.
October 24 & 25, 2017
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

October 27 – 29, 2017
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.

Roadside Flower Sale Workshops
October 23, 1 – 3 p.m.
October 24 & 25, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Come by Burnstein Hall to learn more about flower arranging, and create beautiful dried floral arrangements.