Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale
Saturday and Sunday, March 11 12, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come join the Illinois Orchid Society at its spring show and sale, in which individual orchids in 128 classes will vie for ribbons. Entries will receive "best of class" green ribbons, and the best-appointed plant in the show will receive the Chicago Horticultural Society Award from the American Orchid Society judges. Displays of orchids will be artistically arranged, and repotting services will be available. Vendors will also be on-site to sell orchid plants and related products.
Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society Show & Sale
Saturday, March 25, 2017, noon 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Explore the world of this beautiful indoor plant family, which includes lipstick plant, primrose, and African violets. The show features rare plants, artistic and educational entries, and a sale offering growing supplies and many unusual and difficult-to-find varieties. Learn about and enjoy the beauty of gesneriads, their diversity in flower and foliage, and their ease of culture. It's no wonder that this family includes some of the most popular houseplants.
Midwest Fruit Explorers Grafting Workshop
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 1 4 p.m.
The Midwest Fruit Explorers present this hands-on workshop with step-by-step instructions on how to graft and care for fruit trees. The best varieties for the Midwest will be available, including apple, pear, and plum trees. MidFEx members will be on hand to guide visitors to select the right tree for the right location. After purchasing root stock, visitors can follow the demonstration and leave with one or more trees ready to plant in the ground. No preregistration is required.
Midwest Daffodil Society Show
Saturday, April 29, 2017, noon 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
The Midwest Daffodil Societys show features hundreds of daffodils on display that will be judged by the Society. The show includes cut blooms, floral design, and photography competitions inspired by the display gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Daffodil growers of all skill levels are invited to participate.
Hoosier African Violet Society Show & Sale
Saturday and Sunday, May 6 7, 2017
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
The Hoosier African Violet Society presents an annual show that features displays of more than 50 African violets and other gesneriads. Some plants will be available for purchase. Society members will be available to answer questions.
Central States Dahlia Society Sale
Saturday and Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
The Central States Dahlia Society presents its annual plant and root sale. The sale features dahlias in an array of sizes, shapes, and colors. This is a great opportunity to purchase dahlias seen on display at the society's annual show in September. Society members will be available to answer questions and provide written information about dahlia planting and care.
American Rhododendron Society Show & Sale
Saturday and Sunday, May 13 &