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Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show now celebrating its 14th year-- will return in 2008 on Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, with two new features: a Home Lifestyle Expo that will run all nine show days, and an opening weekend (March 8-9) juried art show with 100-plus artists.

The new Home Lifestyle Expo, included in the price of admission, will be held in an adjacent hall and feature the wares of furniture, lighting, window/door, DIY (do-it-yourself) and other home improvement vendors. With the addition of the Home Lifestyle Expo, the show will feature more than 300,000 square-feet of exhibit space.

The Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. It is sponsored by Belgard, a nationwide network of facilities that manufacture paving stones and garden wall products. Returning show highlights include:

" Theme Gardens showcasing top landscapers and designers as well as the latest in horticulture.

" Garden Marketplace where 200-plus garden-related exhibitors will display their products and services.

" Gardening Seminars where professionals will offer insights on growing techniques and landscaping options to give gardens a fresh new look.

" Garden Gourmet featuring culinary demonstrations by top Chicagoland chefs including recipes that use ingredients grown in home gardens.

" The "Teaching Garden" designed for the novice gardener. This educational area features beginner gardens and experts offering advice for budding Green Thumbs.

" Floral Tablescapes featuring innovative floral creations that entertain guests at home, parties, weddings and elsewhere.

" A popular Photography Garden, featuring flower/landscape photographs from local amateur photographers, and Hands-on Workshops including daily "Potting Parties," where show visitors can plant and take home their own foliage. There will also be new flower arranging workshops.

The Stephens Convention Center is located at 5555 North River Road in Rosemont near O'Hare Airport. The convention facility features plenty of parking as well as mass-transit and major expressway access.

Show hours are: Saturday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Thursday/Friday from 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Weekday admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12 Weekend admission is $14 for adults but will remain $5 for children. Group discounts are also available. For more information, visit or call 773.435.1250.

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