Chicago Flower and Garden Show
The Chicago Flower and Garden Show is one of Chicago's most popular and iconic events. Hosted at Navy Pier and dating back to 1847, the show attracts over 40,000 people every year with countless exhibits, a variety of seminars, nationally recognized guest speakers, fun children's activities and shopping.
An incredible amount of planning goes into making the annual show a success--so much so that organizers and vendors plan each year's show while the current one is still going on. Meet the women who have worked tirelessly to make this year's show fantastic!
Christy Webber: Christy Webber Landscapes
President and CEO Christy Webber leads Christy Webber Landscapes, a full-service landscape provider offering design, construction and maintenance programs to residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout Chicago. Christy has an incredible enthusiasm for "creating and enhancing outdoor spaces", an enthusiasm which she has, without a doubt, incorporated into every project she and her team undertake.
Becka Bates: BatesMeron Sweet Design Inc.
As President of BatesMeron, Becka Bates leads a team of designers, strategists and storytellers to deliver brilliant branding and marketing work for their clients. They’re a full-service agency working across print and digital, with a healthy bit of strategy in the mix to make sure they exceed their clients’ goals.
"I'm proud to have a longstanding working relationship with the Flower and Garden Show..." says Becka. "...my team and I get really into working with the Flower and Garden Show to come up with the annual theme. For us, this is what really brings the show to life each year..."
Sue Markgraf: GreenMark Public Relations
Sue Markgraf is founder and president of the integrated communications firm GreenMark Public Relations. GreenMark specializes in media relations, providing strategies and tools for effective, comprehensive and seamless communications across a variety of media.
"The Chicago Flower & Garden Show—and all of the great content that drives the show and its mission to inspire, educate and motivate gardeners and would-be gardeners—is truly a perennial effort, from the show director and staff to partners like our team at GreenMark."
Debi Lilly: A Perfect Event
Celebrity party planner, author and Chief Eventeur for A Perfect Event, Debi Lilly believes in elegant and easy design ideas for all. As a featured tablescape designer for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Debi has made it her mission to inspire, educate and share her 20 years of party planning and stylist tips, tricks and DIY designs. This always ensures that her clients can personalize any space to create a memorable event.
Terese McDonald: Candyality
Terese McDonald, owner and founder of Candyality, wholeheartedly believes that "candy is universal" and has made it her mission to uncover the universal connection to confections. Candyality carries thousands of bulk items and sweet treats including gummies, sours, taffy, and much more. The company continuously strives to be "more than just a corner candy store."
Lynn Fosbender: Chicago Green Wedding Alliance
Lynn Fosbender is sure to bring her vision of sustainable, eco-conscious flowers to this year's show. As a Chicago Green Wedding Alliance co-founder, she is concerned with connecting a growing community of environmentally and socially responsible event vendors with the conscious consumer for mindful weddings, commitment ceremonies and social events. She is also owner of Pollen, an eco-conscious boutique floral design studio located in Logan Square.
Brooke Lang: Brooke Lang Design
Chicago native and interior designer Brooke Lang specializes in luxury interior design and new construction, infusing timeless design with a modern twist. As design principal at Brooke Lang Design, Brooke is involved with every facet of design and uses her diverse experience to capture the vision her clients see. Brooke's tablescape theme for the show will be "Farm to Table: A Tribute to Chicago’s Culinary Scene".
Jessica Petty Smith: Anemone Creative
Owner and lead designer of Anemone Creative, Jessica Petty Smith revels in the details that reflect the individuality of her clients. Anemone Creative is a full service floral and event design studio that focuses on customized and intimate experiences. For their tablescape design, they were inspired by a Matisse painting to create a lush modern art garden environment. The installation will feature vibrant floral in shades of saturated blue, true red and bright yellow with accents of orange.
Navjot Kaur: navjot Design
navjot Design is a full-service wedding planning, design and production company dedicated to reflecting client's unique romantic story anywhere in the world. For their tablescape, Navjot Kaur had a vision in mind: a blend of old world and modern styles. She and her team wanted to create a romantic and dreamy look, that any couple would love for their celebration.
Beth Fahey: Creative Cakes
Beth Fahey, co-owner of Creative Cakes in Tinley Park, works with her sister, Becky, and their team to become a beacon of baking excellence. They have been sought out for a myriad of events and special occasions of all sizes. From small parties to celebrations of enormous scale, most recently Platinum Weddings on WEtv, Becky, Beth and their talented staff enjoy a challenge and bring the same level of care and detail to every one of their creations.
Christa Orum-Keller: Midwest Groundcovers
Vice President and owner Christa Orum-Keller has worked to establish Midwest Groundcovers as an industry leader in the propagation, growing and wholesale distribution of quality container nursery stock. They are dedicated to providing quality plants and services that meet the expectations of our customers in the landscaping and green environment.
Jan Gerber: Woman’s Journey in Fiber
Jan Gerber is coordinator and curator of Woman's Journey in Fiber, a Chicago-based group of women working on a series of Process Projects. This collaborative group of artists express their personal journey, inspiration or a life changing event through an annually chosen medium. For the 2017 Show, Birds will be the focus of the exhibit with a theme of “Imagined”.