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More Than 600 Guests Enjoy Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening

Julie McCaffrey

(847) 835-8213

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

More Than 600 Guests Enjoy Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening

Raising $250,000 for the Chicago Botanic Garden


            GLENCOE, Ill. (April 23, 2013) – More than 600 guests were undeterred by area floods and determined to enjoy spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Antiques & Garden Fair Preview Evening. Though the flooding required "all hands on deck," the party was smooth sailing. The event raised $250,000 for the Garden’s conservation, education, and research programs.

Preview partygoers dined on a selection of sumptuous dishes prepared by Jewell Events as they shopped an exquisite array of antiques from 120 exhibitors from the United States and Europe. The Preview Evening was co-chaired by Kimberly and Randy Burt, Peggy and Jack Crowe, Kathy and Chris Deveny, and Kate and J.T. Fitzgerald.

Returning for its thirteenth year, the Antiques & Garden Fair featured four lectures including one by Michael S. Smith, one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today. Smith, the Fair’s honorary chair, attended the Preview. 

Five of the Chicago area's premier landscape designers donated indoor display gardens to interpret the theme, “Color in the Garden: An Artist’s View,” including Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.; William Heffernan Landscapes; Mariani Landscape; The Organic Gardener; and Maria Smithburg with Manfredini Landscaping & Design.

Principal sponsor of the 2013 Antiques & Garden Fair was BMO Harris Bank. Additional support provided by American Airlines, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, and Plante Moran. The Fair was produced in conjunction with Stella Show Mgmt. Co., New York. Co-producers of the 2013 Antiques & Garden Fair were Cathy Busch, Susan Canmann, Jen Kasten, Donna LaPietra, Jane O’Neil, and Peggy Swartchild; artistic director was Bill Heffernan.

To view photos of the Preview Evening, visit .


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