The Antiques & Garden Fair returns for the twelfth year to the Chicago Botanic Garden, running through Sunday, April 22. While 24 display gardens bloom outside, more than 100 dealers from Europe and the United States will showcase the best in antique garden furnishings, botanical art, and home and garden design.
Two speakers will give lectures during the Fair: David Easton at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, and David Howard at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Honorary Chair Easton is one of the world’s most sought-after interior designers. While he has made his name as a new-classicist, his expertise in architecture and decoration is without question. He was most recently honored by his peers with the “Lifetime Achievement” award at London’s Design & Decoration Awards. During his lecture, A Design Journey of the Past, Present, and Future, Easton will lead a virtual journey of garden design from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Ancient Rome and beyond.
Special Guest David Howard, former head gardener at Highgrove, will give the lecture, My Gardening Life, discussing 40 years of gardening in the U.K. He will discuss his close collaboration with H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, on his extraordinary creation, Highgrove, one of the most important gardens in Europe (pictured below) and a foremost example of organic gardening. Howard trained at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and the Botanical Gardens, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Shoppers on the hunt for classical and contemporary furnishings, botanical art, and jewelry will find a variety of treasures in every price range. Staged in the Regenstein Center with tents over the Esplanade, Rose Garden, and Courtyards, the Fair will feature antique dealers and garden wares, and the opportunity to explore magnificent and inspirational gardens. Complimentary floral arrangement demonstrations will be given on Saturday and Sunday at designated booths at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Indoor display gardens will interpret the theme “Around the Garden Table” and will be donated and installed by premiere landscape designers. Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc., will create an Asian-inspired garden with a terracotta floor, containers of plants, and a round table draped in an Oriental rug surrounded by willow chairs in the Esplanade Tent. Rosborough Partners will create a curved walkway with terraces and dining elements on the North Stairs. William Heffernan Landscapes will use boxwood, silver, and mirror to create a semi-private dining setting in a modern American style in the Krehbiel Gallery. Maria Smithburg with Manfredini Landscaping and Design will create four corner gardens with a striped floor of cerulean blue and white, square and rectangular planters, and an archway in the Rose Garden Entry Tent. Schmechtig Landscape Company will suspend trellis sections to create four corner gardens around a dining table in the Rose Garden Tent.
Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance; $12 in advance for members. A three-day pass is $20 for all. Single-day tickets at the door are $17; $14 for members. Children under age 16 are free with an adult. Lecture tickets are $65 per lecture in advance and $70 per lecture at the door; tickets for both lectures are $105. Garden members receive $5 off each price. All lecture tickets include a three-day Fair pass. Preview attendees may purchase a lecture ticket for $50 or both for $95. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden's conservation, education and research programs.
The Antiques & Garden Fair is produced in conjunction with Stella Show Mgmt. Co., New York. Co-producers of the 2012 Antiques & Garden Fair are Donna LaPietra, Jane O’Neil, and Susan Canmann; artistic director is Bill Heffernan. Principal sponsor is BMO Harris Bank. Supporting sponsors are American Airlines and Blackman Kallick.