Chicago Flower Show


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Sue Markgraf
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Attention: news pros!

Attend the information-packed media session on Saturday, March 14, onsite at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show! Presenters throughout the day will spotlight what's new in Chicago parks and gardens, profile hot new plants for 2015, discuss trends in gardening and technology, debut new roses, and provide a legislative and consumer affairs update on neonicotinoids and pesticides - plus, you'll have a chance to view the show before it opens to the public. Follow this link to register today ...


About the Show:
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 12-20, 2016), is an experience for the senses, invoking memories of spring after a typically long and cold Chicago winter.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s creates an experience that the attendee will never forget by presenting new and exciting interactive concepts. It is where consumers and gardeners alike come to see the latest that the industry has to offer. Consumers want more from the people that ‘sell' them ‘things’ - they want an experience; and the Chicago Flower & Garden Show creates an emotion and physical experience that galvanizes the consumer with those who support it.

Local landscape designers, builders and suppliers create realistic solutions within feature gardens and displays that inspire and demonstrate to attendees the possibilities for their own gardens, yards or balconies—It is a visual shopping tour of gardening, greening, floral and home-related ideas.

The new theme of CHICAGO IS will treat upwards of 40,000 gardening enthusiasts and newbies alike 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.

Show Support:
The Flower & Garden Show is supported by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Magnificent Mile Association, Streeterville Chamber of Commerce, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Choose Chicago, Chicago Gateway Green, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Navy Pier and others. These organizations recognize the impact that this show has on Chicago’s economy during the 1st Quarter and its intrinsic value to the city.

2015 Show Sponsors (as of this date):

  • Mariano’s (presenting)
  • Subaru (Official Vehicle)
  • Wintrust Community Banks
  • Sleep Number Beds
  • JULIE 1Call
  • Chicagoland Gardening Magazine
  • Central Sod Farms
  • Unilock
  • PRP Wines
  • Eli’s Cheesecake
  • ProEcuador
  • Radio Disney
  • WGN AM720
  • Clear Channel Radio Group

In addition to main attraction - the Display Gardens - the show features:  

  • Gardening Live Stage and Seminar Series  - A continued focus on educational, interactive workshops and seminars by leading industry professionals
  • Garden Gourmet Stage - Cooking demonstrations by top Chefs in a garden setting
  • Kid’s Activity Garden - Hands-on fun and learning for future gardeners and gardening consumers
  • Photography Competition – A judged exhibit by amateur photographers
  • Tablescapes Exhibit  - Cutting-edge ideas for the dining table presented by leading interior and floral designers
  • Art of Floral Exhibit  - Stunning interpretive floral designs by the American Institute of Floral Designers paired to pieces of artwork
  • The Marketplace - A shopper’s paradise with over 100 exhibitors of green-industry and related goods and services
  • National Cake Decorating Competition presented in conjunction with the Retail Bakers Association of America. 
  • Evening in Bloom a charity preview event that provides a sneak peek of the Flower & Garden Show prior to opening to the public.  Proceeds benefit local greening and charitable organizations.

Host to industry organizations:
Gardener Writers Association of America regional conference, North Central American Institute of Floral Designers conference, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences partner breakfast, Aquascape business partnership training, Connecting Chicago Community Gardeners season kick-off, American Society of Landscape Architects monthly mixer and more!


08/28/15: Newest and Best for Midwest Gardens in 2016 at “CHICAGO IS”
05/18/15: The Chicago Flower & Garden Show presents CHICAGO IS
03/31/15: Donated Plants and Materials Green Chicagoland Communities
03/30/15: 2016 Theme Announcement
03/26/15: “Flour” Power: National Cake Decorating Contest Winner Named
02/06/15: Flavors Bloom at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
01/27/15: "Evening in Bloom" Benefits Local Charities and Organizations
01/07/15: New Rose. Irish Heritage Gardens Herald the Arrival of Fresh Spring Ideas
01/07/15: New, Exciting Varieties Means Growing Roses is No Longer a Thorny Task!
12/22/14: Kids Spring into Fun at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
11/11/14: There's "More Green. More Good." Coming to Chicago!
11/07/14: Give Football the Boot with this Fall Alternative
09/03/14: 2015 Fact Sheet
07/14/14: "Do Green. Do Good." at the Lake County Fair!
04/04/14: There's "More Green. More Good." Coming to Chicago!
03/01/14: Chicago Flower & Garden Show Welcomes Host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal”
02/20/14: Beauty Meets Sustainability When Spring Arrives in Chicago
02/12/14: The Chicago Flower & Garden Show Welcomes Host of HGTV's "Curb Appeal"
02/12/14: Do Green. Do Good. Eat Well.
01/31/14: "Evening in Bloom" Benefits Chicago-Area Charities
01/07/14: Kids Enjoy Good, Green Fun at Chicago’s Iconic Spring Event
12/18/13: Bringing the Beauty, Color and Composition of Nature into Focus
12/16/13: Beauty Meets Sustainability When Spring Arrives in Chicago
12/10/13: "Do Green. Do Good." with Unique Gardening Gadgets and Gourmet Gifts
11/14/13: How Does Your Garden Grow? Learn from the Best.
10/21/13: Feast on This: Mariano's in New Presenting Sponsor of Chicago Flower & Garden Show
08/19/13: Visiting Chicago? Spring Blooms Early at Chicago Flower & Garden Show!
07/09/13: “Do Green. Do Good.” at the Lake County Fair!
05/28/13: Visiting Chicago? Spring Blooms Early at Chicago Flower & Garden Show!
05/28/13: Tony Abruscato Named Chairman of Chicago Gateway Green
04/19/13: 2014 Chicago FLower & Garden Show - Do Green, Do Good
02/13/13: Renaissance of Florals Paints New Perspectives
02/12/13: Class Is In Session at “The Art of Gardening!”
02/12/13: Kids Need a Backyard Fix?
02/12/13: Palate Meets Palette at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
02/12/13: Spring Buds Early at Exclusive “Evening in Bloom”
02/12/13: Fast-Growing South Suburban Business Ready for a Big Stage
02/07/13: “The Art of Gardening” to Spotlight Chicago Art from Traditional to “Tagger” Chicago Flower & Garden Show ~ March
02/06/13: Media Advisory
02/02/13: Garden Clubs of Illinois Create a Window Box of Artful Design
01/23/13: New Partnerships, Exhibits and Sponsors Expand “The Art of Gardening”
11/27/12: New Partnerships, Exhibits, and Sponsors Expand "The Art of Gardening"
11/26/12: Artful Answers for Vegetation Vexations
08/29/12: 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show - The Art of Gardening
06/19/12: Horticulture Meets Agriculture at the Lake County Fair

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