Chinese New Year of Monkey Display

Botanical garden at the Bellagio Hotel 

March, 2016

At the Chinese New of Monkey,  the Bellagio Conservatory team creates a full-blown floral production to celebrate the Chinese New Year. For an entire week, the staff work 24 hours a day to transform the nearly 14,000-square-foot space with tens of thousands of flowers, trees, and plants.   The horticulturalists, who are artists in their own right, create jaw-dropping displays that most people couldn't even make with paper, let alone flowers. More than 10,000 potted flowers are hand-watered and refreshed frequently. Our AGC member Carolyn Y. had a chance to visit this amazing garden and brought back pictures to share with us. Thanks, Carolyn!

             Lilacia Park

                      Lombard, IL , May 12th 2015 

Our AGC member Carolyn Y. and Linda C. went on a field trip to the Lilacia Park in Lombard IL. on May 12th. This park features walking paths through 8.5 acres of grass, trees, a pond with a fountain and water fall. Especially at this time of the year, 700 lilac trees and bushes and 25,000 tulips are in blooming. It filled with beautiful colors and fragrant scents. The pictures below taken by Carolyn can tell you a better story. Thanks Carolyn for sharing! Hope more members can visit there in the future. 

        Shanghai Tulip Festival

                        At Shanghai flower port, April 2015

                The Orchid Show

                     Chicago Botanic Garden Feb.14-Mar.15

It’s the best eye candy in this brutally cold winter. The Regenstein Center Greenhouses and Galleries in Chicago Botanical Garden are transformed by trees draped in orange and yellow Dendrobium, a hanging hedge of pink and purple Beallara, and vibrant Vanda in orange, red, yellow, and even blue. See more than 10,000 orchids in all. AGC member Chong L. and Joanne D went to visit  on Sunday February 22nd, and brought back these pictures below to share with our members.

         Chrysanthemum Flower Show

                                    Shanghai, China 2014

AGC member Chong L. went to Shanghai, China this fall and visited a Chrysanthemum Flower Show in Shanghai Forest Park. There were astonishing examples of chrysanthemums designed as living sculptures and displayed throughout the park.  Along with exhibition were some specimen Mums and Cloth Embroidery of flowers. It's an unique way to celebrate the autumn season. Below are some photos shared with our members. 

       Garden Conservancy Open Day

                   Chicago area,  June 22nd, 2014

On Sunday, June 22nd, Chong and Susan visited three beautiful gardens at the Great Chicago area Garden Conservancy Open Day event. These gardens are The House of Four Winds, Suzanne's Gardens and Crabtree Farm.  Here are some highlights to share with our members. Hope our gardeners can get some inspirations from it.

        Garden Conservancy Open Day

                     Chicago area,  July 27th, 2014

Below is a picture slideshow that showcases two gardens from the most recent Garden Conservancy Open Day event in Chicago area which held on July 27th, 2014. They were Rosemary Garden in Lake Forest and Magic Garden in Highland Park. Both gardens were breathtakingly beautiful. Chong went to this event and brought back these pictures to share with our members. 

      (To pause a picture by click on a green dot under the picture once every few seconds)

           The Gardens at Ball

               622 Town Road, West Chicago, Aug. 2nd, 2015 

AGC member Chong L. attended the Garden Conservancy program on Sunday August 2nd and had the opportunity to visit The Gardens at Ball, located in West Chicago. This garden is usually reserved for the wholesale customers of the 109-year-old Ball Horticultural Company, a world leader in the breeding, production, distribution and marketing of horticultural products. It's an enjoyable and inspiring experience.  Here are some pictures to share with our members.

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      Dubai Miracle Garden

      The world's biggest natural flower garden

The world's biggest flower garden... in the last place you would expect: Rainbow-colored Oasis with 45 million flowers is in the middle of a desert in Dubai. But then again, in the city that prides itself on pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved - from the world's tallest building to indoor ski slopes in the desert - what can you expect? The Dubai Miracle Garden features a sensational 45 million flowers over an 18-acre site, from breathtaking flowerbeds to heart-shaped archways and adorned castles. If the natural landscape was not enough, what makes this attraction particularly impressive is the unique sub-surface irrigation system that recycles waste water via drip irrigation while avoiding evaporation and saving up to 75 percent of water and energy. Floral displays will change each season so that repeat visitors will have a new experience each time. Of course, the attraction would not be complete without open parking, VIP parking, sitting areas, prayer room, toilet blocks, ablution facility, security room, first aid room, carts for handicapped visitors, retails and commercial kiosk and all other related services available to facilitate visitors. Below is a glance of this world class supper garden.

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

   Harlbin, China- Jan 5th to Mar 30th 2016

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival' is an annual winter festival that takes place with a theme in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, and now is the largest ice and snow festival in the world.  At first participants in the festival were mainly Chinese, however it has since become an international festival and competition.

 Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

February 13 – March 13, 2016   10 a.m. to 4 p.m.