**UPDATE: THEY HAVE CANCELLED THIS EVENT FOR 2020**
I love flowers, but unfortunately I have a black thumb. If you’re like me or if you have fared better than I with keeping plants alive, and are looking for ideas and inspiration, you’ll want to visit the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Make sure to bring the kids, because they’ll have plenty of activities for them too! Read on to find out what you can do, then enter to win tickets!
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What is the Chicago Flower and Garden Show?
The City of Chicago’s longest running event, The Chicago Flower & Garden Show (presented by The Get Growing Foundation) inspires, educates, and motivates the next generation of gardeners and shows people to make gardening a part of their lives in so many different and approachable ways.
What’s happening at Chicago Flower and Garden Show?
- Focus on Flowers: 20 life-sized garden exhibits with more than 800 varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs and houseplants.
- Focus on Education: More than 75 educational programs. For more hands-on learning, they also offer workshops. The terrarium one sounds like so much fun!
- Focus on Art: Find artistic exhibits like a floral fashion show or award-winning floral quilts.
- Focus on Urban Living: Check out a “teched-out” rooftop garden to wander or how to have a small space garden. They’ll even have the new PLANT TRUCK Chicago, the city’s first mobile garden boutique, open for tours.
- Focus on Tomorrow’s Generation: The Chicago Flower & Garden Show® features the world’s only garden show Kids Activity Garden, supporting its mission to cultivate the next generation of gardeners. See below for all the fun things kids can do.
What’s new this year
Even if you’ve been to the show before, you’ll find plenty of new things to keep you inspired.
- Floral quilts and quilt-pattern garden of flowers by The American Quilter’s Society.
- Experience a rare look at a locktender wife’s garden with the interactive Illinois & Michigan Canal Corridor 1848 Garden.
- Check out more than 700 plant varieties, including a new exclusive Wave Petunia, only available for purchase at the Show.
- See new technology for outdoor spaces in unique rooftop exhibits.
- Be wowed by the floral fashions by local designers with the Hort Couture exhibit then vote for your favorite design.
- Tour the one-of-a-kind Plant Truck Chicago, a mobile garden boutique that brings much needed plant material to urban and under-served local communities.
- Make a night out of it and enjoy the new, nightly Spring Fling events featuring live music, craft beer, local wineries, distilleries and more.
Why Chicago Flower and Garden Show for kids?
With 10 free activities daily, budding horticulture enthusiasts will find many ways to engage with nature and natural elements, including a live butterfly encounter, the Master Gardener’s Bug Zoo, an introduction to the Junior Rangers program, and many other recreation, arts and crafts activities.
- Live butterfly encounter.
- Check out the bug zoo. The U of IL Extension Insect Petting Zoo showcases Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Bess Beetles, American Millipedes, Ant Farms, Tarantulas, and more. Kids will learn the basics of worm composting. Do you dare them to eat bugs? Those courageous can try dried mealworms, crickets and other crawly treats!
- Tea time! Kids will marvel at the unique fairy and gnome tablescapes as they enjoy a tea party.
- Nature play time! Kids can help built forts, dress up as woodland animals, and more. They’ll also learn how animals help pollinate plants through hands on activity.
- Connect with nature. Kids will enjoy a variety of ecological sites where they can learn and explore new ways to connect with nature.
- Crafts like painting a birdhouse (and taking it home) as well as other educational activities throughout the weekend.
Enter to win tickets to Chicago Flower and Garden Show:
**UPDATE: The event has been cancelled for 2020**
Are you ready to welcome a little spring a little early? I’m giving away family 4-packs of tickets. And I will have 5 sets of winners. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Contest ends Tuesday, March 17th at 12:00 a.m. Tickets will be emailed to a preferred email address. Good luck!
Where: Festival Hall, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
When: Wednesday, March 18 – Saturday, March 21; 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday, March 22; 10 am – 6 pm; Nightly Spring Fling Events; visit www.ChicagoFlower.com for details.
Cost:Adults $20; Kids $5 (ages 5 – 12)