What's the first sign of Spring in Chicago ? If you said road construction you're a Chicagoan for sure. To me it the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Once you step inside you will discover a world of Spring splendor and the snow outside on the ground is but a bad memory.
I arrived early to preview the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. Not long after Mr. Brown Thumb appeared and I ran into Beth Botts from the Chicago Tribune.
There were 27 inspirational gardens with themes that celebrates Chicago as a great theatre town-Shakespeare in the Garden, Broadway in Bloom , Bye Bye Birdie, Miss Saigon, Wicked , Joseph the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat and Alice in Wonderland . All were done very well but I thought that the Alice in Wonderland was outstanding. There were also theatrical tablescapes, some of which were absolutely breathtaking.
This Tablescape by Ken Puttbach, Creative Director, Flaire Design Studio in Andersonville was my favorite hands down.
The Jeckle and Hyde-Prairie Restoration was wonderful as was the Great Performances Through the Eyes of a Child which had three gardens that captured the Three Pigs, Hansel and Gretel and the Billy Goats Gruff.
The very popular American Girl garden is Lanie Holland's backyard. Lanie is the 2010 American Girl of the Year and her story is about getting outside and exploring nature. She has a little pizza-shaped circle outlined in bricks where she grows the toppings of her sister's favorite dish. This is sure to be a hit with the young ladies.
Tomorrow will be the grand opening and there will be lots to see and do, including many seminars with famous speakers and presentations by some of Chicago's renowned chefs. I missed last year's show but glad I could at least attend this year's preview.
So shake off your winter doldrums and come on out for a breath of Spring.
Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago
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