Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The 2014 Chicago Flower and Garden Show

The entrance to the exhibit
Spring is almost here again. We've had a terrible winter season and signs of spring coming in is a sign of big relief. Spring brings one of the most awesome events in Chicago. Yes, I am talking about the Chicago Flower and Garden Show in Navy Pier.

A fountain near the entrance.
This year I enjoyed a lot of their exhibits. One of them is an exhibit of old file cabinets used to contain plants and flowers. It's a pretty ingenious way of reusing them.

Flowers in old file cabinets.
This year, instead of making my visit miserable by carrying a bag full of photographic equipment, I decided to bring one camera...yes, one camera, my Canon G15. A small but powerful camera that can shoot in raw and pretty good in lowlight.

There is even some honeycomb in this one.

The old file cabinet exhibit is pretty much artsy and ingenious at the same time.
Next is the Paradigm Shifts. The shifts in the exhibit is decorated and created by different artists. They cover subjects from fashion, to peace, to different cultures. There's a lot of stuff to see here.

One shift that has models imprinted on it.

This one is complete with a hat.

Pretty colorful.

Camo with a bullet belt in it. And yes those are bullets.
The art of floral exhibit is another interesting area in the show. Here they showcase art and flower arrangements from different artists at the same time.

One of the entries in the artsy plants exhibit.

Flowers arranged to look like a deers head.

Very artsy.

The honeycombs in one of the drawers of the file cabinets.

I love this shot of the tulips.

One of the vendor exhibits. This one is from Crate and Barrel.

So what's in the menu?

This one is near the center of the exhibit.

The photo contest area.

Taken in the Tulip section.

Another shot from the Tulip area.
The photo contest showcases the best of plant and flower photography from different photographers. I wasn't able to enter this year due to the fact that I was so busy with other stuff. I'll be in it again next year. Hopefully I win best in show again.

This looks familiar. It looks like the same one from last year.

Inside the Peterson Garden Project area.

Lots of tips for gardening here.
The Tablescapes area is pretty good this year. Lots of stuff to see from different businesses and organizations ranging from wedding planners, florists grocery stores and more.

More of a fashion type tablescape for this one. 

Flowers, and more flowers!

This one is a wedding themed tablescape.

Complete with shoes and a stuff toy.

This is one big tablescape. And one of my favorites.

More of like a fairy tale tablescape.
And last but not the least...the marketplace, where you can buy whatever you need for gardening. They even serve wine and spirits.

The Marketplace.
The show runs from March 15-23 2014. For more information visit the Chicago Flower and Garden show website at: http://www.chicagoflower.com/.

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