By Kristin McCann
After a long cold winter, nothing can brighten your day like the bright colors of spring flowers. Even if it’s still a little chilly outside, these indoor gardens and show promise you a blooming good time. In addition to being able to view unique and beautiful plants, at some shows you’ll have the chance to talk to the growers, purchase the latest gardening supplies and pick up a few plants or flowers for your home.
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
March 10-18, 2012
This year at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, the worlds of fashion and horticulture will collide creating an experience that rivals the hottest runway show or A-list after party. With its “Hort Couture” theme, the show’s 25-plus gardens draws inspiration from textures and colors found in plants and fabrics, as well as alluring elements found in nature. More than 100 vendors of gardening, landscape and horticulture products and services will showcase their green and eco-friendly.
Tickets for adults range from $15 – 19, with group discounts available.
Spring Flower Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory
January 21 – May 13
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The free annual Spring Flower Shows offer visitors a chance to experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to meet the direct descendants of the great Azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. In addition, this year’s flower shows will feature a changing selection of spring blooming plants including Azaleas, spring flowering annuals and spring flowering perennials.
Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society Show & Sale at Chicago Botanic Garden
March 17 & 18, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Explore the world of this beautiful indoor plant family, including lipstick plant, primrose, and African violets. The show includes a judged plant competition and the sale offers many unusual and difficult-to-find varieties of gesneriads.
Midwest Daffodil Society Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
April 28, noon – 4:30 p.m., April 29, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The American Daffodil Society’s national show features more than a thousand daffodils on display that will be judged by the society. The show includes cut blooms, floral design, and photography competitions.