Saturday, March 13, 2010

2010 Chicago Flower & Garden Show - The Display Gardens

Mom and I took off last Saturday morning to attend the Chicago Flower & Garden Show for the very first time. We were looking forward to it for so many reasons, one of which was that we had to miss the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show the week before due to weather and my work schedule.

As we drove the 3½ hours west on US30, we were chatting away, when all of a sudden I saw something out of the corner of my eye, sitting atop some roadside weeds. It took several seconds for it to register that what I'd seen was a red-winged blackbird! Here, they are the official harbinger of spring.  It's not the robin, as some think, because robins will spend the winter here if they can find enough food. We see those in the winter on a pretty regular basis.

By the time we arrived at Navy Pier, which juts out from downtown Chicago into Lake Michigan, we'd lost count of how many red-winged blackbirds we'd seen. But it was enough to make our hearts instantly lighter, knowing that spring truly was springing!

We went to the Press Room, where we got our badges that admitted us to the show, then headed off to see the sights.  The theme was "Cultivating Great Performances," which each display garden creator interpreted in an individually unique way. 

Entry Garden: The Lobby

Louise Hartwig

Garden #1 - Houseplants and Window Boxes

Garden #2 - Shakespeare in the Garden

Garden #3 - Sun and Moon - Miss Saigon and A garden for the day and night

Garden #4 - Master Garden

Garden #5 - Best in Show



Garden #6 - Broadway in Bloom: Four Seasons of Gardening

Garden #7 - Alice's Wonderland

Garden #8 - Great Performances: The Art of Bonsai

Garden #9 - Good vs. Evil

Garden #10 - Lanie's World

Garden #11 - Our Town: Your Garden

Garden #12 - Music Man

Garden #13 - Playbill by Design: Theatrical Tablescapes

Garden #14 - Spring Awakening

Garden #15 - Food Among the Flowers

Garden #16 - The Teaching Garden

Garden #17 - "State Fair" - Kids Activity Garden

Garden #18 - The Drama of Design

Take a close look at what these are made of!

Garden #19 - Great Performances Through the Eyes of a Child

Garden #20 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Garden #21 - Container Gardens

Garden #22 - Bye Bye Birdie

Garden #23 - Jeckyl and Hyde - Prairie Restoration

"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." ~Gaylord Nelson

Garden #24
- On the Street Where You Live

Garden #25 - A Fantasea in Bloom

Garden #26 - I'd Like to Thank the Academy

Garden #27 - The Photography Garden

I didn't make it a point to photograph each garden. When something caught my eye, I stopped and snapped a photo, so some of the gardens listed here are not depicted in this blog.

Below,  I've listed other sites that feature photos of the show, in case you want to see other attendees' perspectives.

Next:  Who did I see and hear? And what did I buy?


Darla said...

There are some great displays here. That frog almost made me spit my coffee out!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I can see how you came home with loads of inspiration. It is such fun to see so many plants ablooom this time of year.

F Cameron said...

That's a lot to take in! There are some truly interesting and different ideas.

PrairieGarden-Liane said...

Too bad you didn't come on Sunday. I was volunteering at the Master Gardener Information Booth that day. However that day not quite as beautiful to be sure. Lots of rain.

Hope you had fun :-)

MrBrownThumb said...

Cool pics. Like Darla, that frog fountain makes me laugh.

joey said...

Thank you so much for this awesome tour, Kylee. On this rainy/chilly day, I'm energized with thoughts of spring!

Lona said...

Hi Kylee. Now that was a garden show. Loads of flowers, lite up for pictures and many displays. So much to take in. Thanks for sharing your visit.

Ramble on Rose said...

Thanks for the link love! It was great to see you guys, and these pictures are lovely!

Diane said...

Hey, you saw Alice! And through the mirror, no less! You have some great photos - that container garden with the bromeliad is really eye-catching. I remember the frog fountain was there last year, too. It was like seeing an old, vaguely obscene, friend again :)

Christopher Tidrick said...

Thanks for the pics! I didn't make it up this year despite my proximity. Your post was almost like being there.

Kylee Baumle said...

Darla ~ I LOVED that frog! He's big, too!

Lisa ~ Oh, the smell of the hyacinths was everywhere! It was WONDERFUL!

Cameron ~ Yes, it was a bit overwhelming, and in spite of being there for two days, we still managed to miss some displays!

PrairieGarden-Liane ~ We were there on Sunday! From about 9:00 until 3:00. Somehow we missed you! We attended a couple presentations and revisited the marketplace, so we weren't in the area where you were, except to pass by. :-(

MrBrownThumb ~ I know...I love that frog! I'd love to have a smaller version for my little pond.

joey ~ Wish I were surrounded by all those flowers NOW! We're having a gloomy, chilly day here, too.

Lona ~ You bet it was! Even two days didn't quite seem like enough. We managed to miss some things.

Rose ~ How fun to run into you and Barbara! Mom and I went over to see the vendor you mentioned and you guys were right. Stuff to drool over!

Diane ~ Funny thing about that photo...I stopped to take it and Mom kept rushing me because we were trying to chase down Shawna right then. I told her, "Alice isn't going to be in that swing all day! I'm taking her picture NOW!" LOL.

Chris ~ I'm glad you enjoyed my photos, Chris. You should have gone for the show! I'm sure I'll go back again next year. I was impressed.

Garden Chick said...

Cannot begin to tell you of the disappointment I felt at the Denver show. Thank you for taking photos and taking me with you via your blog to the Chicago show! You went to much work! Some of the subjects gave me a few ideas.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Kylee, It's so fun seeing other people's perspectives on the show. A few things you showed I don't remember seeing at all, for instance. :)

Sweet Home and Garden Carolina said...

Hey Kylee,

Great coverage of the CFGS. Sorry I missed you and your Mom. Friday was the only day I had off and even then I had to rush.

Glad you enjoyed your visit.

BGgarden said...

There is just so much STUFF to see at the this show! I love your presentation. I think the best part is MR. BROWN Thumb. LOL Great editing job!

The number one cool thing about this show was the care they took of the flowers. The blooms pretty much looked the same here ( the first days) and when I was there ( the last day!).

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