CHICAGO (WBBM) — It’s bitterly cold in Chicago but, if you need a reminder that spring is coming, you can head to the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports that its annual spring flower show begins tomorrow.

The conservatory’s horticulturist, Steven Meyer, says the conservatory offers a small oasis in Chicago’s otherwise barren winter landscape.

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“It’s like going to a warmer climate without the air fare.”‘

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A garden from the 2010 Spring Flower Show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. (Credit: Lincoln Park Conservatory)

“We see all that snow and all that cold and everything’s icy and slippery. It’s like, ‘Oh, maybe I can come in here and enjoy a little summer again.’ ”

Right now, he says, the camelias and Christmas roses are in bloom and other flowers will blossom throughout the winter.

“As the show progresses (through Mother’s Day), we swap out plants that are done blooming and every week, there’s just something new to see.” said Meyer.

The Lincoln Park conservatory is open seven days a week. There’s no admission charge although donations are accepted.

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