March 16, 2007


A Breath of Spring Inside the Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show

Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths, oh my ! It looked like a scene from Holland at the Chicagoland Flower and Garden show.

The show featured many interesting seminars and "potting parties " for those that wanted to do their own containers. Gardening celebrites such as Mike Nowak of WGN radio and Chicagoland Gardening Magazine, Speakers from the Chicago Botanic Garden, The University of Illinois Extension Service , and the Morton Arboretum lent their expertise to the program, and that was just on the day I was there. The list of seminar speakers read's like the Who's Who of Gardening. Very impressive.

There were 14 gardens featured this year and my favorite was Pondering Dreams ", the garden of Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery located in Woodstock, about 50 miles outside Chicago. The garden was a four-season backyard sanctuary of conifers and unique decidous trees. If you've never visited Rich's Foxwillow Pines which is on six acres of land, then you should reserve a nice sunny day in May and plan to spend the day there. It is just beyond belief. And, Rich's donates profits from plant sales to Heifer International, the organization that helps impoverished people throughout the world feed themselves. Last year's Hosta's sale resulted in $33,000 donations.

Visit Rich's website at and see the remarkable collection they have and the important events they sponsor this year.

This show was put together in a very short time and we must applaud the efforts. We look forward to it getting even bigger and better with each passing year. Kudos to all the sponsors and show participants.

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