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Media Preview Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Today I attended the media preview of the Chicago Flower & Garden show. It has been a number of years since I attended the Chicago Flower & Garden show so I wasn't sure what to expect. Below you'll find a few pictures to give you an idea of what the show looks like. I'm going to do something different than when I went to the Independent Garden Center Show. I'll take suggestions on what I should cover in this blog. Some of the displays left me scratching my head and some wowed me. The show stealer (IMO) is the light and sound display by Nathan Tomlinson from Chicago-based Sound Investment. It is a 24 minute show that starts off with birds chirping early in the morning and takes you through a Chicago thunderstorm and ends with a sunset. If you're attending the show make sure to look up. It shouldn't be missed.

light and sound show, Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Paradise in a Parking Lot is one of those pieces that people are either going to love or going to hate. I loved it. This is a photo of one side of the display.

Paradise in a parking lot, Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Reflections: A Spirited Garden of Asian Inspiration. I had a religious experience at this garden when I bumped into Rich of Rich's Foxwilliow pines. I hadn't seen him in many years and I'm glad I came across him. I'll create a post on that later.

Asian Garden, Chicago Flower & Garden Show

I believe this garden is called Dancing Stones. The photo on the left is a view from the top floor and the one on the right is the view you see from the show's floor.

 Dancing Stones, Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Rooftop Garden of the Future. View from above and view from the floor.

Garden of the future, Chicago Flower & Garden Show

This one is called Greening Up and it is suppose to display the several garden themes around once structure each quadrant is different garden.

backyard cold frame, Chicago Flower & Garden Show

garden patio, potting area, Chicago Flower & Garden show

Yellow House, living wall, Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Winter house, Chicago Flower & Garden show
If you love the way the light and sound show interacts with this installation.

A smaller installation titled Victorian Vogue. The garden bed is planted with several annuals. The headboard and chair that you'll see at the show were still under construction while I was taking photos.

Victorian Garden, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, topiary bed

Tables in Bloom. A series of tables capes.

table scapes chicago flower & garden show
If you can't attend the Chicago Flower & Garden Show look over the floor plan for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show and you can make suggestions in the comments section on what I should cover. I'll post larger pics, plant details (where I can) if one of these installations really interests you and you'd like to borrow the ideas for your own garden. There is more on display at the show than what I posted here. After spending the last two hours looking over pictures I decided to only post a few. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 7-15 2009.

Update: These are my posts on the Chicago Flower & Garden Show (pictures and video).
Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2009-My roundup of the garden show
Dancing Stones
Hope for a Healing Planet
Greening Up
Reflections: An Asian Inspired garden
Rooftop Garden of the Future
Garden Marketplace
Paradise in a Parking Lot


  1. It is all so beautiful, and exciting!!! Wish I could go!!!!!

  2. Such pretty Gardens, I use to go
    every year when I worked down the
    street from Navy Pier. I do miss it.

  3. Thank you so much for the email!!! I don't know why I didn't get an email for the comment on my blog?
    I can't wait to go and see everything. I'm eagerly memorizing the schedule to see who I want to see and figure out who I can stash the kids with so I can go.

    Will commiserate later on it!

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  4. Anonymous12:40 AM

    Any thoughts on the moss "garden" in the show? That one left me scratching my head.

  5. Anonymous7:43 AM

    It must be surreal to walk around and see all those fancy gardens. The concept of "building a garden" for an event like that boggles me.

  6. I think it's so cool you went to the media preview and got these shots with this great lighting and without the crowds!

  7. Cover it all! It looks so much nicer than our Indiana Flower and Patio show, which starts next weekend.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  8. Anonymous2:22 PM

    Those were neat pics



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