Dear Museum of Science and Industry - I don't get it. I mean I get "children's pop-up books" which was where you were going with your display garden, but if I could just point out a couple of things...I don't see how children's pop-up books are related to gardening in any way what-so-ever. You might as well have chosen Lego's or some other random toy.
I also don't get the flower selection for any part of the gardens. I'm assuming the white flowers were food for the chicks or something clever like that, but, to me, the they looked like some rich person's house who really hates gardening but wants flowers in their yard. And they were all "I like white flowers. Fill up a huge square of space with oddly placed white bedding plants."
The submarine one. I get that the blue flowers are supposed to be water and although I did like the way all those flowers packed in that display looked, I felt the boat just distracted me and made me think WTF am I supposed to do with that boat?
BIG AWKWARD CHICK VERSUS A GARDEN OF VERY AVERAGE WHITE BEDDING PLANTS! CHICK WINS.
I had the same problem with the Victorian Vogue garden where I found the themes warring against each other. I'm much more attracted to the gardens where the main theme is, well, gardens. Or at least I need the props to be related to gardening (pots, hoses, hoes etc...)
The other part of the Victorian garden that I didn't like was that it totally freaked me out on some weird level that I didn't even know existed within me. The bed of flowers (I get it - "flower bed") reminded me of a big flower covered coffin. And the mannequins wearing the Victorian dresses reminded me of ghosts. I know - I need therapy.
VICTORIAN BEDROOM VERSUS GARDEN! DRESS WINS.
Still, flowers any way you slice them are beautiful. I loved that they were there in these display gardens, just not the way they were used.
If you visiting the garden show, I'd love to hear your thoughts on these two display gardens. Did they move you, or did you think they were reaching?
More information about the Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show.I swear the next post will be something I liked.