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Friday, March 18, 2011

Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show: The Stone Garden

Silent Poetry
The Confluence of Stone and Plants

This was my favorite demonstration garden at the 2011 Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show.  I don't really get the connection to the theme "The Sport of Gardening" but I still loved it.

The day I attended the show the artist was there chipping away at a huge piece of rock that would eventually become one of these works of art.  The backdrop of interesting conifers from Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery was perfect for these huge Shona sculptures from Zimbabwe.  It was dramatic and calming at the same time.  I was drawn back to this garden over and over.


  1. The "sport" is gardening. Rich's Foxwillow showed their "sport" of conifers. The theme also allowed a literal interpretation (i.e., the Blackhawk's Garden).

  2. In talking with Rich for quite a while, he shared that he decided against doing anything related to the show's them. Thus, the disconnect.