|A flower mannequin at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show|
The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, being held at Navy Pier now through March 18, is celebrating flowers and fashion with this year's theme, "Hort Couture."
In addition to the many show gardens, there were several fashion-forward displays as a result.
|The Chicago Park District's display|
Of course, there are lots and lots of spring bulbs. The perfume of the tulips and hyacinths permeates whole sections of Navy Pier.
|A fringed tulip|
|A double tulip|
|Tulips and hyacinths, a very fragrant combination|
There are also many great tablescapes.....
Plus there are two very special gardens -- one built to resemble the "Let's Move" kitchen garden outside the White House....
And another honoring the long-running NBC daytime drama, "The Days of Our Lives." It includes original props from the show plus the wedding gowns from four of the show's weddings.
One of the most breathtaking features is right at the entrance, a giant agapanthus sculpture by Britain's Jenny Pickford, a blacksmith and glassblower.
Back by a giant green wall, the 14' tall sculpture of forged steel and glass towers over visitors. It is 11 feet wide and weighs 1,100 pounds.
Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices vary from $15 to $19 for adults, depending on whether tickets are bought online or at the box office and whether they are for a weekday or weekend. Children ages 4 to 12 are $5 apiece.
By Karen Geisler