Think Green!

Think Green!Turn your thumb green on St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a visit to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier!

On Saturday, March 16, jig your way over from the downtown parade on the free trolley from Michigan Avenue to Navy Pier for some petal-packed St. Patty’s fun. At the show, Mariano’s Fresh Market will offer a 45-minute, just-for-kids floral workshop at 1:30 p.m., teaching children of all ages how to care for and arrange flowers, as they create a colorful bouquet to take home!

On Sunday, March 17, don’t miss Arlena Schott’s magical world of miniatures and fairy gardens. Arlena will present a seminar at 11:30 a.m. and conduct how-to workshops at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the Gardening Live Stage, where she’ll demonstrate how you can create a whimsical world for little flowers—and fairy friends—to flourish.

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At 1:30 p.m., Debra Mancoff of the Art Institute of Chicago, will present her insights on The Garden in Art.” Her session will trace the special relationship between painters and gardens across time and culture, observing the artist’s garden as a symbolic setting, a place for work or pleasure, and a representation of flower lore and meaning.

End St. Patrick’s Day on a sweet beat, with the Chicago Area Retail Baker’s Association (CARBA) Cake Decorating Contest! Frosting and fondant will fly at the show’s Garden Gourmet stage, as eight local bakeries battle in this bake-off. Watch as pastry artists from Alliance Bakery and Roeser’s Bakery (Chicago), Central Continental Bakery (Mt. Prospect), Cortez Bakery (West Chicago), Creative Cakes (Tinley Park), Kirsten’s Danish Bakery (Burr Ridge), La Chicanita Bakery (Aurora), and Piece-A-Cake Bakery (East Dundee) compete for the chance to represent CARBA at the International Baking Industry Expo’s Creative Decorating Competition.

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The show’s final weekend will also feature a full line-up of sensational seminar speakers and delicious “Garden Gourmet” cooking demonstrations. Of course, what lucky leprechauns wouldn’t like to play a little hide-and-seek in the show’s magnificent display gardens and pick up a few gardening tricks in the show’s Marketplace?

Show tickets are only $5 each for children ages 4-12, and group rates for schools and youth organizations, including Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts, are available.

To get $2 off the box office price for each adult ticket purchased and order tickets for “Evening In Bloom,” the show’s exclusive March 8 preview event, click here. Show parking starts as low as $10 at the Navy Pier East and West garages. Click here for public transportation options to Navy Pier. See you at the show!

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