Yes, I'm still blogging about Spring Fling. I know I'm a procrastinator extraordinaire, but the fact that I've still got a few posts to go before I'm finished reporting on Spring Fling should be evidence that we spent an action-packed three days in the Windy City. I think I'm still exhausted from it all, two weeks later!
Saturday was the busiest day, beginning with the Rick Bayless garden. The organizers of Spring Fling had chartered a bus to take us from one place to another, beginning at our hotel (Club Quarters Central Loop) and I can't thank them enough for doing that. Mom and I would have surely missed half of the planned stops if we'd had to go it on our own.
One of the destinations of the day was in Lincoln Park, where we had some time to explore the Lincoln Park Conservatory and surrounding area. Constructed between 1890 and 1895, the Conservatory was built at a time when the public had a general fascination with nature. It was designed to both showcase exotic plants as well as to provide a place for the city to grow plants it needed for landscaping the city parks.
The Conservatory consists of four rooms - Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House, and Show House.
With apologies to those on dial-up, here are some views from the Conservatory:
I loved the fabric screen hanging across the room. The flowers are pieces of fabric sandwiched between the sheer white panels.
When I say red is my favorite color, I mean this shade of red.
Bougainvillea silhouetted against the glass ceiling of the Conservatory
Over to the Lily Pooh next...