Fall Bulb Festival

Welcome fall; think spring!
Year after year, this is one of the most popular family days at the Garden

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 10 – 12, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members-only preview bulb shopping, Friday, October 10 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

View the 2014 Fall Bulb Festival Catalog


  • Sip cider, wine, and beer (available for purchase)
  • Check out the live music
  • Shop local vendors (more than 20 this year!)
  • Buy mouth-watering jams, herbs, and vegetables
  • Bring home gourmet baked goods, chocolate, and honey

Obastacle course


  • Navigate the straw bale maze
  • Move it at a fun outdoor fitness activity
  • Be amazed by the gourd “mountain”
  • Join in on leaf rubbing, a leaf hunt, or making mini-scarecrows

The NorthShore University HealthSystem obstacle course with four activity stations:

On Saturday and Sunday kids can visit each station, complete the activities, and get their passports stamped. Everyone who completes the obstacle course will receive a special keepsake!

  • Hula hooping
  • Resistance bands
  • Jumping rope
  • Reaching for the sky


Take advantage of early ordering! The bulb presale opens on September 1, and bulbs ordered by September 30 may be picked up on October 10. View the 2014 Fall Bulb Festival Catalog.

PHOTO: Fall Bulb Festival

The annual bulb sale is presented by the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society. The Woman's Board is in its fourth year of “Growing the Future,” a $1 million pledge to the Garden. Proceeds from this event support fellowships for the plant biology and conservation graduate program, a collaboration between the Garden and Northwestern University.

  • More than 200 varieties of daffodils, tulips, alliums, and specialty bulbs are for sale
  • Top-quality bulbs from the Netherlands
  • “Roving” horticulturists and staff to answer your questions and offer bulb tips
  • Buy mums, asters, peonies, potted amaryllis, and paperwhite narcissus, as well as "Bulb Boost" bulb fertilizer

North Shore University Health System

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