GLENCOE, IL (May 27, 2014) – Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) present the competitive flower show, Show of Summer, with the theme "Our Kind of Town" on June 21 and 22 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors will enjoy plant and flower displays with the highest standards of artistic and horticultural excellence. One of the main purposes of the show is to educate visitors about horticulture, flower arranging and conservation. This year, participants were asked to interpret the theme “Our Kind of Town” throughout the displays.
“The Show of Summer embraces those who love plants,” says Stephanie Lindemann, manager of horticultural events at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “Competitors are judged both on how they grow plants and how they use them creatively to give the viewer a new perspective they couldn’t enjoy when viewing plants growing in the landscape.”
Visitors will find six competitive flower arrangement classes, more than 60 horticulture classes, nine photography classes and three classes for botanical jewelry and embellishment, as well as a conservation exhibition and an education exhibition in the Regenstein Center. Exhibitions will be judged and awards presented on Friday, June 20.
Free public lectures include:
- Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m.— LaManda Joy, founder of the Peterson Garden Project; “Chicago Victory Gardens Yesterday and Tomorrow”
- Saturday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m.—Derek Norman, founder of the Midwest Center of Botanical Documentation; “Botanical Art, Past and Present”
- Sunday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m.—Wendy Wall, director, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; “A Rose by Any Other Name: Shakespeare, Plants and Gardens”
Show of Summer is one of only eight major flower shows in the country presented by the GCA and it is presented at the Chicago Botanic Garden every three years. More than 100 GCA members, representing dozens of GCA clubs around the country will compete, with the leadership provided this year by Evanston Garden Club. All six clubs take key roles in leadership aspects of the show. The other clubs include Garden Club of Barrington, Garden Guild of Winnetka, Kenilworth Garden Club, Lake Forest Garden Club and Winnetka Garden Club.
The purpose of the Garden Club of America, established in 1913, is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
Show of Summer is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22. Admission is free. Parking is $25; free for Garden members.