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Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Landscape architects, garden builders, plant growers and artists will be in attendance at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, held from March 10 through 18, at the Navy Pier. A preview party to benefit local sustainable charities will also be held from 6 to 9 p.m., March 9, at a cost of $125 per person.

This isn’t your grandmother’s flower show! While it’s still all about the plants, there’s much more to do, see, learn and experience than ever before. With a theme of Hort Couture, more than 25 featured display gardens take their cue from the incredible designs, colors, textures and fabrics found in high-fashion couture garments. Visitors of all ages will experience can-do takeaways and discover the latest color combinations in hundreds of floral varieties.

“Homeowners can talk directly with industry professionals about how to beautify their gardens and care for plants, and then take this information and apply it to their home gardens,” says Tony Abruscato, president of Flower Show Productions.

Outstanding exhibits include the Days of Our Lives Horton Garden, Oprah’s Oak, the Hope Garden, two tulip gardens containing 90 varieties, a kids’ garden and eco-friendly products from Israel.

Natural Awakenings readers can win free tickets to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. CLICK HERE to enter.

Times are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. Tickets are available from $15 to $19 at the Navy Pier Box Office and online at