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Show of Summer Interprets the Theme “Children at Play”

Julie McCaffrey
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Event Date: 
Saturday, June 24, 2017 to Sunday, June 25, 2017
Release Date: 
Friday, March 10, 2017

Six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America (GCA) present the competitive flower show, Show of Summer, with the theme "Children at Play" on June 24 and 25 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 will interpret the theme “Children at Play” throughout the displays. Imagine floral designs inspired by board games such as Scrabble and Monopoly, TV shows such as Sesame Street and The Flintstones, and books such as Where the Wild Things Are and Charlotte’s Web. Gardens will interpret themes such as “The Secret Garden,” “Over the Rainbow,” or “Kick the Can.” 

“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 seven competitive flower arrangement classes, more than 80 horticulture classes, nine photography classes and four botanical arts classes, as well as an educational and conservation exhibit by the Garden Club of Evanston entitled The Making of a School Arboretum: Children at Work. Exhibitions will be judged and awards presented on Friday, June 23.

On Saturday, June 24, contemporary floral design artist Annette von Einem will give a floral design lecture and demonstration from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Appearing for the first time in the United States, Annette von Einem is renowned for her floral aesthetic that 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 today 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. Finished arrangements will be raffled off to a few lucky attendees. Tickets are $60 and registration is available online at To learn more about von Eine, visit her website

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 Winnetka Garden Club. All six clubs take key roles in leadership aspects of the show. The other clubs include Garden Club of Barrington, Garden Club of Evanston, Garden Guild of Winnetka, Kenilworth Garden Club, and Lake Forest 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 24, and Sunday, June 25. Admission is free. Parking fee applies; free for Garden members. 

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