JUNE 12, 2014


Fleurotica is a haute couture runway show where flowers are the fashion! Thank you for joining us on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Garfield Park Conservatory for the spectacular runway show. Thank you to the floral designers, sponsors, judges and Host Committee. Congratulations to Anne Pramaggiore for being awarded the 2014 Jensen award.

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Indoor Display Houses and Outdoor Gardens
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago IL 60624
Valet parking available for $10


Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:00 pm: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, Runway show


All proceeds from Fleurotica2014 benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and our work to provide nature education programs, school group visits, arts, culture and early childhood programming for our visitors and groups.


• Anna Held Floral Studio

• Art of Imagination

• Blumgarten & Co.

• Dominique Struck & Jacqui Carr

• Flower Child

• Ixia Flowers

• Mariano’s

• Platinum Events

• Vitruvian Fine Art Studio – WINNER!

• Whole Foods Market







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Sun Times

Ingenuity was in full bloom at Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park) June 12 as top floral designers from the Chicago area went head-to-head ... More

2 Girls and a Weekend

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Candid Candace

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Chloe Akari

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Crain's Chicago Business

Last Wednesday the Museum of Contemporary Art was filled with flowers — printed on women's dresses and tops, draped over beds, set in vases, flung across brass beds ... More

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Fleurotica 2013 was a flower-filled fantasy at the Museum of Contemporary Art with more than 500 in attendance for this haute, hip, hot fashion show benefiting ... More

Candid Candace Slideshow

The Museum of Contemporary Art was filled with the scent of fresh flowers June 12 for the fifth annual Fleurotica fashion show benefiting the Garfield Park ... More

Candid Candace

Fleurtica designs, made entirely from flowers and plants, were created by 30of Chicago's top floral and landscape artists and presented to a crowd of more than 500 ... More

Windy City LIVE

Flowers took over the Windy City LIVE fashion runway this morning! Watch the video on the Fleurotica Runway Show featuring dresses completely made out of ... More


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Chicago RACKED

Year after year the freshest fundraiser in the city, Fleurotica makes bold headlines for The Garfield Park Conservatory. And this year's Fleurotica, which took place at ... More

NOW You KNOW Events

Fleurotica 2013 Infinite Beauty Transforms MCA into a Beautiful Garden. Fleurotica, Chicago’s only “living fashion” runway show featured designs from ... More


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SPLASH Post Event Coverage

Horticulture met haute couture June 12, when 31 landscape artists and floral designers sent botanical creations down the runway at Fleurotica, held at ... More


On Wednesday I went to a fashion show called Fleurotica! It was a show all done in flowers and the designers were all florists from around Chicago ... More


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The Parliament Blog

June 12 was a whirlwind for Executive Director Mary Nelson. Landing in Chicago from Parliament travels, Nelson beat thunderstorms to attend the couture ... More


Flowers, foliage, bark, branches and other botanical elements were the stars of Fleurotica: Infinite Beauty runway show held at the Museum of Contemporary Art ... More


At Fleurotica, guests draped themselves on moss-covered beds at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Ivy covered the bar, appetizers circulated on leafy plates ... More

Chicago Shopping

Last Wednesday was the annual Fleurotica fashion show. It was held at the Musuem of Contemporary Art here in Chicago and what a beautiful event it was ... More

Fashionista Chicago

Despite the roaring thunderstorms the Fleurotica2013 event was a packed house. The spectacular event hosted at the Contemporary Art Museum ... More

Chicago Now

Garfield Park Conservatory's Fleurotica 2013 was a visual feast at the MCA with almost 500 stylish guests in attendance on Wednesday, June 12. Co-chaired by Deirdre ... More

A Perfect Event

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Press Vee

Last night the Garfield Park Conservatory, located on Chicago’s redeveloping west side, hosted an incredible couture fashion show. Designers were challenged ... More


  • The Fleurotica annual floral fashion show is brought to you by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. The Garfield Park Conservatory inspires, educates and provokes exploration through innovative programs and experiences. Fleurotica is our chance to amaze you with the extraordinary visions of Chicago’s amazing floral designers.

    The formation of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance illustrates the strong fundamental connection between Chicagoans and nature. Following a devastating cold spell in the winter of 1994 which injured a significant portion of the aroid collection, the Chicago Park District convened a task force of representatives from various community, education, and environmental organizations. For six months, eighty individuals participated in the development of a plan to revitalize the Conservatory through new programs, visitor services, marketing and fundraising. These activities would be carried out by a newly formed Alliance, a partnership of organizations which included the Chicago Park District, Friends of the Parks, and area schools, museums, conservation organizations and community groups. The plan was subsequently funded by Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Fund's Urban Parks Initiative which awarded a $1.46 million challenge grant.

    After the formation of the Alliance, Chicago again came together to preserve the Conservatory following a catastrophic hail storm in 2011. Today, with the glass roof under restoration, the Conservatory expects to host a celebration in 2015 when the glass roof repairs will be completed. Open throughout the construction effort, the Conservatory is open 365 days each year. Fleurotica, our largest fundraising event of the year, helps ensure that all visitors are inspired by their time at the Conservatory.

  • The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is a member and donor supported project. Support for the Alliance makes the broad programming at the Conservatory possible. Here are some ways you can get involved:

    Make a contribution that supports our programs. These programs give kids and adults unique experiences experiences with nature. Ask if your company has a matching gift program. This is an easy way to increase the impact of a gift. Become a member of the Conservatory and get special invitations to events and exhibit previews.

    Become a volunteer. The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the most interesting and beautiful places in Chicago to volunteer. It's like a trip to the tropics everyday!

    FleuroticaMembership in the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance supports one of Chicago's great botanical resources. Join today! More

    FleuroticaSupport Our Programs. Help the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance continue its unique programming. More

    FleuroticaVolunteer! We are almost always looking for energetic, dedicated people to lend a hand in our gardens and programs.More


The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance would like to thank our generous Fleurotica sponsors and in-kind donors. We are so appreciative of your support. If you are interested in discussing sponsorship, please contact Barbara Carney at 773-638-1766 x.33.

Special thanks to the following individuals:

Rosemary Jones, Mary Claire Moll, Dr. Gwendolyn D. Rogers, John Rogers, Jr., Sara Crown Star, Richard Wester

Interested in Sponsoring Our Events?

 2014 Sponsorship Information Click Here ‣ 

Interested in Viewing 2014 Fleurotica Credits?

   2014 Credits Information Click Here  ‣ 

Didn’t Attend Fleurotica2014? Consider Making A Donation!

 Help the Conservatory Today! Click Here ‣ 

Fleurotica2013 Awarded “Most Innovative Fundraiser” by Make It Better Foundation

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is honored to accept the “Most Innovative Fundraiser” award for Fleurotica2013 from the Make It Better Foundation. Watch the amazing video the Make It Better Foundation created for us ...



All proceeds from FLEUROTICA support the educational and community programs of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

If you are seeking information on event sponsorship with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, please contact Barbara Carney at bcarney@garfieldpark.org or 773-638-1766 x.33.

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The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as "landscape art under glass," the Conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out, and includes cold frames and propagating where thousands of plants are grown each year. Plan your next outing to visit one of the nation's premier conservatories — six multi-faceted greenhouses and two grand exhibition halls. Or for that special occasion — weddings, reunions, meetings — rent one or all of our rooms.



    Cornell Barnett
    David Depluzer
    Sabrina Guthrie
    Paul Labonne
    Paul Levy
    Mary Claire Moll
    Margo Morris
    Dr. Gwendolyn D. Rogers
    Erika Summers
    Richard Wester


    Patrick E. Deady, Vice Chairman
    Paul Levy, Vice Chairman
    Perrine E. Knight, Secretary
    Paul Labonne, Treasurer
    Teresa Alvarez
    Cornell Barnett
    James V. Boardman
    Stephen L. Eastwood
    Chip Flannagan
    Sabrina Guthrie
    John Harris
    Tony Hernandez

    BOARD MEMBERS (cont.)

    John Leja
    Glenna Mo
    Margo Morris
    Mary Nelson
    Patty Petrowski
    Wendy M. Reutebuch
    Dr. Gwendolyn Rogers
    Emmie M. Ruffin
    Peter Schlossman
    Karen Seamen
    Marcus Spearman
    Erika Summers
    Gail Thompson
    Richard Wester


    Levette Haynes
    Ernestine King
    Alan Lindquist
    Jackie McKay
    Rev. Eudora Ramey
    John A. Shea
    Scott Sonoc
    Erma Tranter


    Eunita Rushing


    Mary Eysenbach


    Bryan Traubert, President
    Avis LaVelle, Vice President
    Erika R. Allen
    Donald J. Edwards
    Tim King
    Martin Laird Koldyke
    Juan Salgado


    Michael P. Kelly


    Rahm Emanuel

  • We are grateful to our Fleurotica2013 Chairs and Host Committee


    Deirdre Koldyke

    Whitney Lasky

    Shauna Montgomery


    Trish Alden

    Melissa Babcock

    Scott Bobek

    Lynne Bredfelt

    Sophie Bross

    Rachel DeMarte

    Shelley Farley

    Christopher Free

    Michele Gelman

    Morris Gerring


    Marcy Gookin

    Marty Higgins

    Melinda Jakovich

    Candace Jordan

    Juanita Jordan

    Mary Lasky

    Sherren Leigh

    Dede Lubeznik

    Mara Maddocks

    Traci Mansur

    Kristina McGrath

    Mary Claire Moll

    Earl Nichols

    Nick Nicolossi

    Shawna Owen

    Yon Parillo


    Jill Pollock

    Leslie Prizant Goodman

    Desiree Rogers

    Elizabeth Ryan

    Stacy Saltzman

    Heather Senst

    Dawn Shapiro

    Maria Smithburg

    Sarah Star Crown

    Dusty Stemmer

    Sarah Tratton

    Robin Tebbe

    Laura Werner

    Dori Wilson

    Jeanouche Wopinski

    Lauren Wyka