March 5, 2010


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.

Alice's Wonderland

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.

Hansel and Gretel

The Three Little Pigs

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.

Entrance to Lanie's Garden ( Notice the pizza pie circle )

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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  1. Nice picture Carolyn. I just saw your comment on my post on my pics and I'm sorry to hear about your camera. Oh well, we'll get more chances to take pics.

    It was nice to see you.

  2. Thank you Carolyn! I don't think I am going to make it to the show so this was a nice preview. I was at the Midwest Symposium today and I'll give a little mention of this tomorrow. Too much going on at one time!


  3. Wonderful post and pics. We went to the show when we lived in Chicago. And road construction is the correct answer. jim

  4. I wish I could be there its looks really great!

  5. Wow...Chicago flower and garden show looks awesome. I wish If I could make it to the show. thanks for sharing the preview.

  6. Thanks for this preview, Carolyn! My friend Beckie and I are headed to the show on Monday and can't wait. Last year was our first year attending, and we enjoyed it so much it may become an annual tradition for us. We're taking the train into the city, so the usual Chicago road construction won't be a problem for us:)

  7. Can't wait to see it Carolyn - thanks for the preview!

  8. The tablescapes were really unique!


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