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Through Sunday, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, will be inspiring, educating and motivating gardeners of all abilities to “Do Green. Do Good.” From kids digging the creepy-crawly bug zoo and make-and-take workshops, to gourmets learning to cook more sustainably with healthy, fresh produce, spring is getting a long-overdue, warm welcome on Navy Pier.

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Bring your family and friends to the show and stroll through more than 20 blooming, breathtaking gardens, complete with water features, koi ponds, chicken pens, sustainable solutions and three-season outdoor living spaces. Enroll in a potting party workshop and get answers to your tricky gardening questions. Get great gifts and gadgets in their Marketplace, brimming with the latest garden tools, accessories, bulbs and bouquets. The stroller- and wheelchair-friendly show is a perfect way for all ages to celebrate spring.

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More than just flower power, it’s flour power, too! Foodies can watch the frosting and fondant fly on the show’s closing day, Sunday, March 23, when its Garden Gourmet amphitheater  is transformed into Cake Studio, for the annual cake decorating regional finals competition hosted by the Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association (CARBA).

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You’ll be amazed by the masterpieces created by top pastry artists from Jarosch Bakery (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Lovin Oven Cakery (Round Lake Beach, Ill.), Creative Cakes (Tinley Park, Ill.), Piece A Cake Bakery (East Dundee, Ill.), Swedish Bakery (Chicago, Ill.), Kirsten’s Danish Bakery (Burr Ridge, Ill.), Ryke’s Bakery (Muskegon, Mich.) and Alliance Bakery (Chicago, Ill.) – all competing for the chance to represent CARBA at the International Baking Industry Expo’s Creative Decorating Competition.

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“Do Green. Do Good.” on your way to the show, with many convenient public transportation options to Navy Pier. The CTA provides seven bus lines with more than 200 buses serving Navy Pier daily, including the #29 State St., #65 Grand Ave., #66 Chicago Ave. and the #124 Navy Pier Express, serving Metra lines, Millennium Park/Randolph St., Ogilvie and Union Stations.

During weekday rush hours, the #2 Hyde Park Express (stops running at 9:10 p.m.), #120 Northwestern/Wacker Express (serving the Ogilvie Transportation Center) and the #121 Union/Wacker Express (serving Union Station) run every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. All buses are equipped with bike racks and are ADA accessible. For more information, visit www.transitchicago.com. The Navy Pier trolley will serve visitors on the show’s closing weekend. “Do Green. Do Good.” with this fun and convenient ride to the Pier.

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The 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano’s, is the most motivational, educational and inspirational show yet! Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For show previews and updates, visit their blog and follow them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest!

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