|"Larger Than Life," a sculpture by Chicago artist Jeffrey Breslow|
The minute you step into the 2013 Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the theme of this year's show is obvious: "The Art of Gardening."
You're greeted by two large pieces of art, a sculpture of tree branches, stones and rotating colored lights by Jeffrey Breslow and a large wall of hand-painted window art by Emmy Star Brown. Many of this year's display gardens also incorporate various art elements into their designs.
Of course, there's still lots of tulips, hyacinths and other spring blooming flowers everywhere. At times, the perfume could almost make you forget the major snow storms we've had in recent weeks.
|Canvas of Tulips, Garden #17|
|Banja Luka tulips|
|A close up of Cool Crystal tulips|
|Shona stone sculpture at Living Art in the Garden, Garden #18|
|A piano water feature at A Water Sonata, Garden #9|
|Trumpets create a waterfall at Garden #9|
|A colorful urn at Backyard Utopia, Garden #10|
|A bronze sculpture amid daffodils at Garden #10|
|An Inspirational Art Walk, Garden #5|
|The Peterson Garden Project: Victory Today!, Garden #19|
|Art on the Farm, Garden #15|
|Roses are everywhere on this tablescape by Mariano's|
The show has activities for the kids as well as educational seminars and demonstrations for adults. It also has brought back its potting parties, allowing people to create a a container they can take home. And if you're more of a cook than a gardener, there are culinary demonstrations every day by various chefs.
The 2013 Chicago Flower and Garden Show continues through March 17 at Navy Pier.
|Hand-painted window art by Emmy Star Brown at the show's entrance|
By Karen Geisler