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Flower Show Returns to Navy Pier in 2009

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Mayor Richard M. Daley was pleased to join officials with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), the Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) and Special Events Management, owner of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, in announcing a truly "green initiative". In 2009, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show will blossom along Chicago's lakefront. After a two-year absence from the city, the show is expected to cultivate new excitement in urban and suburban gardening when it returns to Navy Piers Festival Hall A and B, near the east end of the Pier, from Sat., March 7, through Sun., March 15, 2009.

"I am very pleased the Flower and Garden Show is returning to Chicago. It will bring tens of thousands of people to Navy Pier and is another reminder of the importance of trade shows, conventions and meetings to the Chicago-area economy," said Mayor Richard M. Daley.

"It is a perfect complement to our long-standing goal of making Chicago the most environmentally-friendly city in the world," added Mayor Daley. "Shows like the Flower and Garden Show keep our city's economy growing and give us the resources we need to make sure Chicago is the kind of place that people want to visit and where people want to live, work and raise a family."

The show's returning sponsor is Belgard Hardscapes, a nationwide network of paving stone and garden wall products manufacturers, according to Tony Abruscato, President of Special Events Management.

"We are very pleased that this popular show is returning to Chicago's most-visited tourist destination. And, we appreciate the sustained support of Belgard and WGN/720 Radio as sponsors who remain instrumental to the development of this annual event for people who love gardening and horticulture. With our return to Navy Pier, we are very confident about attracting additional sponsors to the show," says Abruscato.

"Navy Pier is proud to, once again, host a world-class, citywide Flower and Garden Show which, for many years, has been a welcomed harbinger of spring for Chicagoans," said Theodore R. Tetzlaff, Chairman of the MPEA. "This is just another example of how Chicago attracts some of the top conventions, trade shows, meetings and public shows in the world and it's because of the dynamic leadership of Mayor Richard M. Daley."

"We look forward to welcoming Special Events Management to Navy Pier, as it creates a dynamic show of the highest quality," said Juan A. Ochoa, Chief Executive Officer of the MPEA. "This show will be the kind of event that's perfect for a global city already receiving worldwide credit for its "green" initiatives under the stewardship of Mayor Richard M. Daley."

The show will draw thousands of Chicago-area renters, homeowners and downtown workers, as well as guests from across the Midwest, who visit the show to learn the newest tips in gardening and landscaping and to see magnificent display gardens.



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