Chicago Flower & Garden Show is from March 9-17

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Flower & Garden Show returns to Navy Pier's Festival Hall from March 9-17 with "The Art of Gardening" -- celebrating the beautiful connection between fine art, fresh floral and great gardens.

Chicago-area's plant artists designed nearly two dozen display gardens, emulating decades of fine art and providing inspiration to gardeners, as well as to those who just appreciate the beauty of a flower.

The show also spotlights art by Emmy Star Brown, whose hand drawings turn a simple piece of reclaimed glass into a garden art creation; Jeffrey Breslow, whose sculptures combine the beauty of tree limb "architecture" with stones and water features; and unique floral photography from David Weinberg.

Visitors will enjoy spring in the Midwest from display gardens presented by Advantage 1 with Leisure Woods, Aquascape, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago Park District, Lurie Garden with Midwest Groundcovers and Roy Diblik, Growing Grace, Growing Power, Home & Garden, Peterson Garden Project; Reflections water, light, stone with Valley Landscape; Rich's Foxwillow Pines, Women's Journey in Fiber and more.

This is gardening Chicago-style, so look for more raised beds, vertical gardens, edible gardens and great ideas for interesting ways to celebrate Midwest plants in four seasons.

Let the kids get their hands dirty in the "Kid's Activity Garden," with fun gardening projects they can learn from and take home.

The 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is open daily from March 9-17. Hours are from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit: www.chicagoflower.com.

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