Date: March 10-18
Admission: $17, $15 online during the week; $19, $17 online on the
weekend; $5 kids 4-12.
If you thought visiting a garden show was only for master
gardeners who have all day to worry about what to plant, think
again. At this month's Chicago Flower & Garden Show, organizers
are hoping to draw in children and young families through
everything from a bug zoo to workshops on how to start your own
"We want to get kids in and teach them that it's fun," says Tony
Abruscato, show director. "They think vegetables come from the
grocery store. We want to educate them early and make it a way of
To that end, the garden show features a giant sandbox,
garden-themed crafts and activities, and the always-popular bug
"We have Madagascar cockroaches as big as your hand, and these
big slugs," Abruscato says. "The parents cringe, but the kids love
it. And it's educational, because there are good bugs and bad bugs.
The master gardeners teach about what the worms do for the
And, for parents who are already skilled gardeners, the show
offers plenty of more advanced-level gardens and workshops.
"We have 70 to 100 different free seminars once you enter the
show. From vegetable gardening to shade gardening to very
sophisticated topics," Abruscato says.
"And for the young families or new gardeners, we have industry
professionals there you can talk to and ask questions."
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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