SOURCE: Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

February 03, 2011 11:50 ET

Flowers and Fashion Converge for "FLEUROTICA" at the Garfield Park Conservatory on March 25

Spectacular Runway Show Will Raise Funds for Public Programs and Education Initiatives

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - February 3, 2011) - The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is pleased to announce that "FLEUROTICA" will return to the Garfield Park Conservatory on Friday, March 25 with a dazzling array of awe-inspiring fashion designs created by some of Chicagoland's most talented floral designers, made entirely of plants, flowers and leaves. In addition to a seat at the runway show, guests will also experience the lush surroundings of the Garfield Park Conservatory while enjoying a live-auction with items donated by sponsors, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a post-fashion show meet and greet with the floral designers and their designs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the runway show starting at 7:30 p.m. FOX Chicago News at Noon (WFLD-TV) Co-Anchor, Jan Jeffcoat will be the host for the runway show. Free valet parking and a coat check will also be provided. Tickets may be purchased online at: http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/fleurotica_2011.htm

"We are very excited to present FLEUROTICA again after rave reviews last year," said Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance Board Member, Perrine Knight. "In addition to raising funds for education programs and activities which serve over 90,000 youth annually, FLEUROTICA will provide a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience for fashionistas, garden enthusiasts or anyone looking to spend an enjoyable evening for a good cause. I'd also like to thank our florists, sponsors and host Jan Jeffcoat, on behalf of all Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance members, staff and volunteers, for helping to make this event possible."

Located at 300 N. Central Park Ave. on the West Side of Chicago just steps away from the Conservatory-Central Park Drive Station on the CTA Green Line, the Garfield Park Conservatory is owned by the Chicago Park District and operated in partnership with Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, which is a non-profit, donor supported organization that helps Chicagoans and area residents connect with nature. The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the U.S. and is often referred to as "landscape art under glass." The Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 14 acres, with eight indoor display houses under glass on two acres and three outdoor gardens on 9.5 acres. The Conservatory also features nearly 1,500 plant species, a 3,000 square foot outdoor labyrinth in the classical style and eight water features including a lagoon and prairie waterfall. 

FLEUROTICA will showcase the design talents of Chicago-area floral designers including:

  • A Stem Above
  • Blumgarten & Co.
  • Color & Company Floral Art
  • Flor Del Monte
  • Flower Child
  • Flower Petal
  • Ildiko Phillips
  • Luz Cardenas Designs
  • Mila Design Studios
  • Natural Beauties Floral
  • Ronsley Special Events
  • Scarlet Petal
  • Sue Vanderhulst Designs
  • Suzanne Cummings Flowers
  • Whole Foods Floral

The following sponsors are donating their products and services in support of FLEUROTICA:

  • Behind The Scenes Catering & Events -- hors d'oeuvres
  • Calihan Catering -- hors d'oeuvres
  • Dresner Corporate Services -- public relations
  • Frost Lighting -- special event lighting
  • Opolo Vineyards -- wine for the event
  • Inspiration Kitchens -- hors d'oeuvres
  • Limelight Catering -- hors d'oeuvres
  • Harry Caray's Catering & Events -- hors d'oeuvres
  • Marcello's Catering -- hors d oeuvres
  • Phil Stefani Signature Events -- hors d'oeuvres
  • Wishbone Restaurants -- hors d'oeuvres
  • VeeV Acai Spirits -- spirits for the event

Additional sponsors and live-auction items for FLEUROTICA will be announced closer to the event. 

About the Garfield Park Conservatory
Owned and operated by the Chicago Park District, the Garfield Park Conservatory is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with free admission and convenient free parking (special exhibit and activity fees may apply). For information about Garfield Park Conservatory, call (773) 638-1766 or visit www.garfieldconservatory.org.

About the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance
The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is a non-profit organization which strengthens the community through the unique combination of the Garfield Park Conservatory Campus, other botanical resources, and the engagement of community members. With its innovative programs, the Alliance enhances the environment, social and economic vitality of Chicago's West Side and encourages the larger community to explore the fundamental connection between plants and human life. More information can be found at http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/about_us.htm.

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