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Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2014: Think Spring

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With snow still piled high and more promised, it’s hard to believe that spring is near. But it is. Temperatures have been warming up little by little, and before you know it, it’ll be time to plant the petunias. To help you get in the spring mood—and plan this year’s landscaping and gardening—visit the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier March 15-23.

No matter how much garden space you have, or even if you think you have no space at all, you’ll come away with good tips. You’ll see more than 25 different kinds of gardens, everything from gardens to attract birds, gardens that specialize in one type of flower like tulips or hyacinths, even gardens that grow on a rooftop or up the side of a building. Wander the exhibit floor or attend seminars that specialize in various growing methods. The kids can participate, too. In the Kids’ Activity Garden, they can make a container garden to take home with them or play on a swing or in a sandbox.

If you love cooking or watching cooking shows, plan to watch Garden Gourmet cooking demonstrations by top Chicago-area chefs using home-grown ingredients. On Sunday, March 23, the Garden Gourmet stage will feature the Chicago Area Retail Bakers Association Regional Cake Decorating Finals.

Attend the show, get inspired, and get into the spring mood at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

Visit the Chicago Flower & Garden Show web site for show schedule and ticket prices. Save $2 per ticket when you order online by March 14.

What kind of gardening do you enjoy? Answer in the comments below.

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