BigNews.Biz - Apr 29,2012 - A Bloomin’ Festival Offers Midwest’s Premier Plant Sale
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Sunday, May 20, 2012
– Find everything you need to get your garden blooming at A Bloomin’ Festival on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the center of the festival is the 46th annual plant sale, featuring a large selection of plants that are particularly suited to growing in the Chicago area. You’ll also enjoy a lovely springtime festival featuring a farmers’ market with fresh baked goods, organic produce, honey, pottery, and tool sharpening. Shop early at the Preview Evening for members of the Chicago Botanic Garden held on Thursday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. and enjoy refreshments and the best selection of plants.
Sponsored by the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society, the plant sale showcases more than 25,000 annuals, ferns, fruit and vegetable plants, geraniums, herbs, native wildflowers, ornamental grasses, perennials, roses, shade perennials, shrubs, and vines – all for sale! This is the Midwest’s premier plant sale and a great way to kick off the spring planting season.
“After consulting with Garden horticulturists, the plant sale committee spends many hours throughout the fall and winter selecting the very best varieties, both tried and true and newest on the market,” said Catherine Kirby, president of the Woman’s Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society. “This year, look for some of the latest Chicagoland Grows introductions including baptisia, Burgundy Fireworks Coneflower, Prince Charming Solomon’s Seal, and Tidal Pool Prostrate Speedwell.”
This year, many plant vendors will participate, including Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., Lakeland Nursery, Lundberg Nursery, Markus Specimen Trees, Ted’s Greenhouses, Windridge Herb Farm, W&M Land Corp., The Hosta Patch, and Oriana’s Oriental Orchard. Additional vendors include the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest students selling organically grown fresh produce, Culinary Landscape, Sharpening by Dave, and Three Tarts Bakery & Café.
Horticulturists will give gardening demonstrations and offer tips that help you get off to a good start this season. Visitors will enjoy live music performed by local bands on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets for the members-only Preview Evening on Thursday, May 17, are $35 each and are available for purchase now. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/bloomin/preview or call (847) 835-8375. Special members-only sale hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 18. The Festival is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20.