Sunday, March 11, 2012

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Hort Couture: Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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

Mango tulips

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


  1. This is absolutely so gorgeous! If only Chi-town was a little closer to Phoenix! (c;

  2. Now that flowered-up dress sure like something to inspire long island wedding dress designers to go green--literally!

  3. Beautiful garden landscape indeed! This gave an idea on how to improve and beautify my old garden.

  4. That "Days" setup looks real neat and homely. Do they still have reruns of it on? Maybe if I get to see a couple of episodes I'll have the inspiration I need for my living room makeover.

  5. Inspiring and well-executed plot layouts here. Suddenly I felt inspired to overhaul my backyard garden; it has been a while since I last touched it. First I have to get some new tools to work it.

  6. Terrific arrangement of flowers it's like botanic garden in the city. Good to have flower show in the urban, I felt over-whelmed because this presentation helps me to improve my garden.

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  8. These are brilliant Chicago Flower & Garden Show photos. I must say that the event was successful. Well, we also attended the wedding expo recently at one of the local Los Angeles wedding venues. The expo had a lot of offer and I found many inspirations for my own wedding day.