Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier

From March 18-26, the Flower and Garden Show will bloom at Navy Pier, giving our early spring weather a colorful kick.

Show director Tony Abruscato, who lives in The Tides, says this year’s show is especially well suited to New Eastsiders.

“A lot of the focus this year is on edible gardening and small space and container gardening,” he says.

“It’s great for people living in New Eastside. [Those with] balconies and small spaces can get great ideas for their apartment or condo.”

Now in its 170th year, this horticultural heaven, sponsored by Mariano’s, features 23 display gardens, 30 culinary demonstrations and more than 100 workshops and seminars. The sprawling Home and Garden Marketplace gives serious gardeners a chance to browse fresh-cut flowers, bulbs and gardening supplies from more than 100 exhibitors.

New this year is the Fleurotica couture show March 17, which pairs flowers and fashion.

“All the clothing is made from live plant material,” says Abruscato. “It’s Rose Parade meets ‘Project Runway.’”

Mini flower fanatics won’t want to miss the Kids’ Activity Garden and Butterfly Garden, while grown-up green thumbs can learn to spruce up office space in Garden #4, “Blooming in the Office.” Other gardens include “World Series Cubs Tribute” (Garden #15), featuring the Cubs logo spelled out in chrysanthemums, and “Health and Healing Garden” (#5).

“If you want to escape snow and cold winter… it’s a great way to experience spring, even if you’re not a gardener,” says Abruscato.

$10-16 ($5 for kids) · www.chicagoflower.com/tickets

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