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Buds bloom at Chicago Flower Show

by webdev

March 10, 2011

Visitors to the Chicago Flower Show can get inspiration for their own garden or for a flower gift to send to someone else.

The event, which runs through March 13, is being held at the Navy Pier along the city's lakefront.

The theme of the 17th annual flower show is "The Sport of Gardening." Must-see attractions include 30-plus gardens brimming with flowers, plants and vegetables.

WLS-TV reports that one of the featured gardens consists entirely of imported tulips. The flowers will be replaced periodically to ensure the flowers are in full bloom for the entirety of the show.

"This garden has 45 varieties," flower bulb exporter Patrick Romijn told the news provider. "They're grown in Holland and we ship them to the United States."

The show also features a marketplace offering garden and eco-friendly products from more than 100 vendors, and a kids activity garden that makes the event especially family-friendly.

"It is imperative to teach our future generations how to become better environmental stewards and to not fear the great outdoors," Cook County program coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, Nancy Kreith, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Our hands-on activities are a creative, fun and unique way to engage children of all ages with nature."


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