The roots of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show can be traced as far back as 1847! The Show, held each March at Chicago's Navy Pier (March 15-23, 2014), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long and cold Chicago winter.
Our theme DO GREEN DO GOOD will treat you to the sights, scents and sounds of feature gardens with blooming perennials, annuals and trees while water features rustle throughout the Festival Halls of Chicago’s acclaimed Navy Pier. Local landscape designers and builders create realistic solutions within their feature gardens and displays that inspire and demonstrate the possibilities for your own gardens, yards of balconies.
Garden 1 - Promenade Dans Un Jardin Extraordinaire
Garden 2 - Paradigm Shifts
Garden 3 - Floraphile
Garden 4 - Your Style, Your Garden
Garden 5 - Art of Floral: Design Reclaimed
Garden 6 - Urban Farm-to-Table
Garden 7 - Growing Up Green
Garden 8 - Landscape Intervention
Garden 9 - Photography Competition
Garden 10 - Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland
Garden 11 - Tablescapes: Reduce, Reuse, Inspire
Garden 12 - 50 Shades of Green: A Passion for Conifers
Garden 13 - Welcome Home
Garden 14 - A Tulip Takeover
Garden 15 - Bird Feeder Garden
Garden 16 - A Garden Oasis
Garden 17 - Urban Rooftop Terrace
Garden 18 - Living Walls
Garden 19 - Window Box Exhibit
Garden 20 - Think Inside the Box
Garden 21 - The Hyacinth Garden
Garden 22 - Go Play Outside
Garden A - How-To Garden
Garden B - Ask A Question
Garden C - Kids' Activity Garden
Garden D - Garden Gourmet Culinary Demonstrations
Begin your experience with a stroll through a winding, handcrafted metal wirework pergola imported from England. Peer through vines to see a three-tiered, classically styled fountain nestled in beautiful hydrangea and blooming bulbs. Take time to relax in an arbor-draped bench and admire the stone table topped with exquisite spring displays.
Breathe in the intoxicating sweet scent of citrus trees. rough a break in the hedges of elegant evergreen cypress, spy a caryatid supported gazebo hung with jewel-like lanterns imported from Morocco. Marvel at the oral adorned spheres suspended overhead. And finally, take time to chat with City Escape staff about how this design of hand-selected distinctive features came together.
A paradigm shift is a major change in belief or theory. Women’s Journeys in Fiber have transformed this space into an artful and inspiring expression of historical shifts in thinking through the eyes of 24 different artists. Enjoy these expressions on various topics through shift-inspired dresses.
As you explore Paradigm Shifts by Women’s Journeys in Fiber, consider your own paradigm shift in your garden. How does it express your interests, experiences and beliefs? How does it express your interest in the beauty of nature?
Women's Journeys in Fiber - www.womensjourneysinfiber.com
In Floraphile, the Chicago Park District and Growing Power, Inc. collaborated to create a display that pushes the border of up-cycled materials to demonstrate the benefits of recycling and the necessity for community partnership in order to green our community. With the use of retired materials, we hope to expand Chicagoans’ knowledge of exciting local growing operations, from community gardens to urban farms, and how gardeners can get involved to “grow” our community.
e planting of spring edibles and owers together helps test the traditional concept of the vegetable garden. Combining dierent colors and textures, as well as edibles and ornamentals, creates both a functional and beautiful landscape. “Come Out and Play,” is the motto of the Chicago Park District, and we hope Floraphile inspires gardeners to throw out traditional rules and play in the garden.
If you have a parkway that you want to enhance, a small front yard that you want to use to welcome your guests, or a backyard that you want to transform into your outdoor living room, this garden has ideas perfect for you!
Clarence Davids uses their garden to represent gardens of every size and style. Many options are highlighted in this garden; from the traditional approach, to a more relaxed style, to a backyard that extends your interior space to the outdoors. No matter the style, relaxation is certain with the many comforts this garden provides. Imagine unwinding in the outdoor kitchen or dining room, lounging by the fire pit or enjoying one of the water features. The Clarence Davids garden inspires you to envision your style in your garden.
Aspen Valley Landscape Supply
Crate & Barrel
North Central Chapter AIFD-accredited designers have come together to present a unique and diverse garden space dedicated to the art of oral design. Enjoy different floral concepts and decorating accents each built to express individual style and inspire creativity.
The mission of AIFD is to advance the art of professional oral design through education, service and leadership, and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form.
The centerpiece of this exhibit is a table set for dinner. Not just any dinner but one where all the food was grown locally on urban farms. Students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences have been growing food on their urban farm for over two decades. this garden will exhibit and educate visitors on fun and innovative ways to create, grow and tend your own urban farm. Whether it’s hydroponic lettuce farming on your garage wall or gathering breakfast from your urban chicken coop—there are plenty of imaginative ways to bring the urban farm to your table!
Horticulture Students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
Creating environments that encourage spending more time outdoors is important in today’s high-tech world. The clean, modern lines and carefully planned spaces of this garden form an enticing setting to simply unplug. Working within a very limited area, the design organizes a bio pool with sundeck, a spillover water feature, lounge area and a gravel dining terrace with a built-in fireplace and canopy.
Unlike traditional pools, our bio pool utilizes aquatic plants, beneficial bacteria and microbes, rather than harsh chemicals, to filter the water. Impurities and excess nutrients are drawn out of the water naturally, creating a much healthier swimming environment. A native plant palette is incorporated throughout the garden with shade trees, ornamentals, native forbes and perennials in an emergent spring landscape. We hope this exciting design encourages inspiration for visitors, whether they have a tight city lot or a larger suburban property.
Culliton Quinn Landscape Architecture - www.cullitonquinn.com
Ron Clesen’s Ornamental Plants, Inc. www.rcopinc.com
Unique Deck Builder www.UniqueDeck.com
Kaneville Tree Farms www.kanevilletreefarms.com
Wilsons Nurseries www.wilsonnurseries.com
Keystone Hatcheries www.keystonehatcheries.com
Northwest Metalcraft www.nwmetalcraft.com
Biedyboys Construction www.biedyboyslandscaping.com
Lafarge Fox River Stone www.foxriverstone.com
Sage Vertical Garden Systems www.sageverticalgardens.com
Douglas and Company Masonry www.douglaschicago.com
Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, LLC www.pizzonursery.com
This landscape intervention, sponsored by GROW Residential, features bold, graphically shaped mounds unified through the use of a common ground plain. Colorful bulbs and spring annuals dotted through the lawn achieve a naturalized effect in contrast to the formal shapes of beds. Take a breather as you enjoy the gentle rising of the garden landscape. And notice how a series of planted containers provide a cheerful counterpoint to the delicately planted mounds.
The Horticulture Photography Competition is a special event we look forward to each year, as it celebrates the creativity and beauty of plants, flowers and green living. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show strives to showcase a comprehensive representation of beauty, art and creativity through horticulture —and we are excited to incorporate the photography of our visitors in that effort. See the spectacular results and decide if your opinions of their artistry match those of our judges.
We have once again created a special display gallery for our photo competition that is a work of art in its own right. Local artists, Eduardo Ponce and Richard Ramirez, created the graffiti featured on our photo competition gallery walls.
Peterson Garden Project presents the Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland exhibit and lounge. Take a few minutes from the excitement of the show to learn fundamental skills and tips for successful food gardening in the Midwest. This interactive space provides information you need to make 2014 the year you start growing your own food! Do Green, Do Good!
Lake Street Landscape Supply
There are no limits to the creativity on display in these high-style settings for dining and drama. See where imagination can take some of Chicago’s top florists, designers, retailers and clubs.
Horticulture is hot with fifty shades of green. With a myriad of greens from moss, lime and sea green to olive, mint and forest green, Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery showcases enchanting conifers. Other plants in hues of yellow, blue and red will punctuate the vast array of green. On display will be three separate conifer gardens, one featuring plants for shade, another accentuating dwarf conifers and a third with unusual plants for a sunny garden. A winding path culminates under an ornate wrought iron pergola with a raised central area. This garden shows how dwarf conifers are perfect for smaller urban gardens, enhancing the plant palette with unique forms, textures and coning attributes. Any garden can be spiced up with the addition of a few well placed conifers, creating a delightful garden fantasy.
Unilock Chicago, Inc
Woodstock Ornamental Werks
The Welcome Home garden will feature several eco-friendly landscape ideas. These ideas will contribute to good stewardship of our environment and represent what can be done in most residential settings, whether urban or suburban. When designed and built properly they offer aesthetic appeal, practical solutions and long-term cost savings—making going green the smart choice.
Our garden will feature a simulated rain garden to control storm water run off. It will also include LED landscape lighting which uses a fraction of the electricity of tradition landscape lighting, recycled wood mulch and an assortment of ornamentals and shrubs that require little or no supplemental watering once established in the landscape.
Philip T. Schleifer L.A.
Lurvey Landscape Supply
Spruce Trees Direct
Valders Stone & Marble
With more than 50 varieties of tulips in full bloom, the splendor of spring has arrived. Single tulips, double tulips, lily-flowered tulips and other bulbs paint a bright and beautiful scene that will inspire you to create your own colorful collection. A show favorite, this garden is sure to add warmth and cheer to even the coldest of winter days!
Maday Wholesale Greenhouses
Stuifbergen Flowerbulb Export Co.
Doornbosch Brothers Flowerbulbs
This garden is designed to show you that many of the plants you may currently use in landscaping naturally attract birds. Trees like the mighty oak and perennials like Jacob’s Ladder are native to Illinois and are a perfect food source for caterpillars. The caterpillars attract songbirds, who flock to these plants for a satisfying meal.
More native plants = more caterpillars = more birds!
Ecology Vision, LLC
Pizzo Native Plant Nursery, LLC
Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.
Tranquility and relaxation is what you will enjoy in our beautiful bluestone patio. Overlooking a breathtaking waterfall surrounded by a gorgeously luscious landscape of purples, reds, blues, yellows and white flowers, this garden creates a true oasis that everyone can enjoy. A unique birdbath and fountain are also featured, acting as a simplistic yet enchanting addition.
Aspen Valley Landscape Supplier
Lurvey Landscape Supply
Menoni & Mocogni
Step out of your urban condo and enter the oasis of this rooftop terrace. The city bustle seems to pause as your mind relaxes to the soothing sounds of the water feature and smell of fresh spring blooms. No rooftop garden is complete without spacious furnishings, pops of seasonal flowers and the reflection of water. In this contemporary setting, your mind can unwind as you reflect on the day in your own personal landscape retreat.
Craiger Custom Design
Lafarge Foxriver Stone
Old Town Fiberglass
LiveWall, LLC claims to be the green wall system “that works.” This garden is a series of three 8 x 8 LiveWall panels on wheels created to demonstrate how plants can grow on the side of a home, office, garage, fence or shed. To make the garden interactive, the designer incorporated three window frames that serve as “picture frames” for you to use as a foreground to take photos. (Be sure to post your pics on Facebook and Pinterest! #ChicagoFlower)
Demonstrating how a simple 36" window box can be transformed into a breathtaking masterpiece, this garden takes window box gardening to the next level. Teeming with color, design, texture, height and fragrance, designers from member clubs of the Garden Clubs of Illinois present their creative forms in classical, whimsical and bold combinations.
|Darien Park District Garden Club||Kenilworth Garden Arts Club|
|Elmhurst Garden Club||Lake Bluff Garden Club|
|Field and Flower Garden Club of South Barrington||Lemont Garden Club|
|Garden Club of Lake Zurich||Oak Brook Garden Club|
|Garden Club of Morton Grove||Palos Park Garden Guild I|
|Geneva Garden Club||
Wheeling Garden Club
Though a garden container has four sides, there are no bounds to your creativity. From plant combinations to accessories, designing a beautiful, unique and exciting container garden is easier than you think. This garden features planters brought to life by different gardening and lifestyle trends, showing you the endless potential of container gardening.
When visiting our garden, you’ll learn how to change the look of your containers using elements other than plants—and how you can think inside the box with Lurvey this spring.
More than 1,000 hyacinths have been specially grown to create this whimsical display of vibrant hyacinths known for their sweet, lingering fragrance. While visiting this garden, you’ll see 20 varieties of hyacinth planted in different basket displays. Each hyacinth within the display has been individually planted and “pinned” to ensure its stability throughout the run of the show. Favored for their intense, stunning colors and smell, hyacinths are a staple of spring—just like the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.
Maday Wholesale Greenhouses
A Rustic Garden - www.arusticgarden.com
This garden features a kids house/learning center made from recycled pallets. It will include insect habitats and learning activities for children of all ages. Sit down, relax and enjoy our outdoor contemporary living and dining area or wander over to our beautiful Japanese Koi pond. Turtles, fish…you never know what you’ll see there!
Every feature is tied to our RainXchange rainwater harvesting system, making all features self-sustaining in different environments and much more.
Matthew James Carpentry
Stop by our Spring Lounge for a relaxing seat and refreshing drink while you explore the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The lounge has plenty of room for you to sit down, chat with show patrons and enjoy a cocktail.
A trip to the Spring Lounge is a great way to take in all the beautiful sights, sounds and fun of the surrounding show. It’s also the perfect pit stop for parents with little ones, as the Kids’ Activities garden is right next door—full of fun ways to experience and explore!
This garden vignette focuses on the unique possibilities of garden designing with planter boxes. To explore the show’s theme of “Do Green. Do Good.” we’ve chosen to work with modern-styled planter boxes composed of up-cycled metal and reclaimed wood.
Each planter box was built by Rooftopia and has an original design for functionality, longevity and beauty. One of our vignettes features a custom countertop for outdoor dining and entertaining. Our other vignette features a custom trellis in line with many of our rooftop garden shade structures.
Rooftopia - rooftopia.com
When you think back to your childhood what do you remember? Is it that one Saturday when you sat in the living room and watched reruns all day? Or is it something that happened outside? Chances are it was something fun, silly and exciting that happened outside while playing.
This vignette acts as a simple reminder to sit, play, relax and enjoy outside! To help inspire happier thoughts of spring, summer and outdoor life, we’ll be creating six separate large planters that highlight something special outside. This display will become our Outdoor Museum… and hopefully get you excited for warmer days to come.
Come Alive Outside
Lurvey Landscape Supply
Come Alive Outside
The Home Depot and Diet Coke team up once again to present a garden of classrooms that are sure to educate, motivate and inspire you! Join gardening workshops, planting demonstrations and our “Gardening Live” stage, featuring useful and practical gardening and landscape how-to-dos led by the industry’s best professionals.
Berry Family Nurseries
Grand Flower Growers
Master Flower Company, LLC
Getting ready for the garden season? Got questions? At the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, where we aim to inspire, educate and motivate gardeners, you can find answers.
Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Information Booth: At B on map, find staff and trained volunteers to help you identify plants or pests, choose the right varieties or solve any garden conundrum. Open during show hours.
Master Gardeners: At both the show information booths, trained University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have solid, research-based answers to any gardening question. You’ll also find show staff to answer show-related questions. Available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Seminars: We have dozens of free seminars every day that cover a wide range of garden topics (see the Learn section, page 48). Speakers are happy to answer questions on their topics.
Show gardens: In many show gardens, you’ll find the landscape professionals who designed and built them. They welcome your questions about the plants and materials you see.
The Kids' Activity Garden lets children watch in awe as University of Illinois Master Gardeners delight young and older with creepy-crawler bugs, demonstrate worm composting and offer an introduction to vegetable gardening. Kids can make-and-take container gardens and enjoy arts and crafts, plus swings and a sandbox! It’s all sponsored by JULIE One-Call System.
Adam White, ASLA
Culinary demonstrations featuring top Chicago chefs sharing their expertise on creating sumptuous dishes using natural and home-grown ingredients.