GLENCOE, Ill. (April 4, 2014) - The American Flower Show Series, a growing national horticultural program, brings together amateur and expert gardeners and educators through exhibits and programs that focus on America’s favorite flower groups. Visitors can discover the best plant varieties to grow in their own home gardens, see the “Best of Show” plants on display, learn about plant diversity at its finest, buy plants to take home and have their questions answered by the Midwest's leading plant enthusiasts and experts.
Admission is free, but the usual parking restrictions apply. Most shows are held in Burnstein Hall in the Garden's Regenstein Center. Please check chicagobotanic.org/plantshows for last-minute schedule changes or call (847) 835-5440.
Flower shows include:
- Show of Summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22. The event features a competitive flower show, designed around the theme “Our Kind of Town,” and presented by six Chicago-area garden clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America.
- Sogetsu School of Illinois Ikebana Exhibition from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. The Sogetsu School of Illinois, led by sensei Yaeko Baily, will display 50 ikebana, or Japanese floral arrangements.
- Northshore Iris & Daylily Society Daylily Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. A showcase of roughly 100 daylily varieties and 20 artistic floral arrangements will be presented on Sunday. The sale of iris and daylily plants, ranging in price from $3 to $10, will take place both Saturday and Sunday.
- Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Show from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. The event features floral arrangements in four artistic categories and a beautiful, judged display of more than 100 lily blooms. The show features “true lilies,” which belong to the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae.
- Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20. The sale features cactus and succulent plants grown by society members. Free educational programs for children will be provided by ME4E (Multidisciplinary Education for the Environment). The show is being held jointly with the Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale.
- Bromeliad Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20. Society members will be available to answer questions about plants in the bromeliad family, which generally require little care and reward the grower with brilliant, long-lasting blooms and ornamental foliage. Plants will be on sale for $1 to $45. The show is being held jointly with the Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show & Sale.
- Ikebana International Show from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. Members of the Ikebana International Society will demonstrate the mechanics and techniques of the Japanese art of flower arranging.
- Gardeners of the North Shore Show from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 10. The show will include a judged exhibit of flowers, vegetables, herbs and houseplants. All amateur gardeners are welcome to enter the competition. A selection of plants will be available for sale.
- Mid-America Bonsai Show & Sale takes place Friday, August 15, through Sunday, August 17. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Runnels and Searle Courtyards. The show will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit includes a judged display of 200 bonsai trees reflecting all types of bonsai styles. Lectures and demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend. Special workshops requiring registration and fees will also be offered. Vendors will sell bonsai trees, raw nursery stock and supplies.
- Ikenobo Ikebana Chicago Chapter Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. The chapter, in its 50th year, will present Reishke Ishke, flower arranging ceremonies, and tea ceremonies each day.
- Illinois Mycological Association Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014. The show celebrates the richness of fall mushrooms in Illinois with a varied display of mushrooms foraged from area forests. Association members will be available to answer questions. The event also includes an education area for children and mushroom-related items for sale.
- The 33rd Annual Roadside Flower Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14. The one-of-a-kind event displays and sells more than 300 floral arrangements and wreaths made from dried flowers, pods and grasses. The showcase presents ideas on how to decorate and make gifts from natural materials. Roadside Flower Sale Workshops will be held from Monday, September 8, through Thursday, September 10. The workshops are free, but require advance registration.
- Illinois Gourd Society Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21. The event features a display of unusual gourds, a themed display and a gourd sale. The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden will also offer workshops in conjunction with the sale.
- 83rd Central States Dahlia Society Show from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 28. The show, presented by society members to encourage a love of dahlias, features a judged exhibit of nearly 1,000 dahlia blooms in a dramatic range of sizes and colors. Members will be available to provide information and answer questions about dahlias. Blooms will be sold at the end of the show.
- Illinois Orchid Society Fall Orchid Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 12. The show will feature artistically arranged tabletop displays of orchids, ranging from the most rare species to cultivated hybrids. American Orchid Society judges will give red, white and blue ribbons to orchids in 128 classes. Twenty-five entries will receive “best of class” green ribbons and the plant deemed “best of show” will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award.
- Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19. The exhibit features displays of freshly harvested fruit grown by area members of Midwest Fruit Explores. Apple cider press demonstrations and tastings will also be offered. Apples, ciders and more will be available for sale. The event will take place alongside the Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale and the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Bulb Sale.
- Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19. Hundreds of daffodils will be available for sale, including unusual varieties and those with proven color, hardiness and stability. Daffodil enthusiasts will be on hand to offer expert advice. The event will take place alongside the Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale and the Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Bulb Sale.
- Wisconsin-Illinois Lily Society Lily Bulb Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19. A wide variety of lily bulbs will be available for sale. The event will take place alongside the Midwest Fruit Explorers Show & Sale and the Midwest Daffodil Society Bulb Sale.
The American Flower Show Series is endowed in honor of Louise Durham Mead and Walter Langworthy Mead. Burnstein Hall is made possible by a gift from Harriet Kay and Harold R. Burnstein.