The Chicago Flower and Garden Show opened this weekend, and runs through next Sunday, March 13th at Navy Pier. The weather outside the Pier, especially on Saturday, was frightful. Inside the exhibition hall one could forget about the snow showers and 70-MPH wind tunnel gauntlet she walked through crossing the last street before reaching Navy Pier's entrance. The cold and bluster of Chicago's lakefront was soon replaced with the fragrance of hyacinths, exotic tropical blooms, and hardwood mulch, and all the sights and sounds of the official start of Chicago's gardening season.
The best part of the show for me was the opportunity to meet up and hang out with new and old gardening friends - too many names to mention them all! So much time was spent socializing on Saturday, I'm glad I went back on Sunday to take in more of the show. Plenty of time was spent socializing again on Sunday - this time with a smaller group. We enjoyed lunch together, and most of the rest of the time was spent making the rounds of the exhibits. With so many photos, the slideshow seemed like a good format to cram in as many as possible, and I hope you enjoy it!