Wallflowers (in a good way)

If you've never been to Garfield Park Conservatory or Lincoln Park Conservatory for one of their three annual flower shows, or just to enjoy the towering palms and exquisite orchids in the depths of winter, their spectacular "Best in Show" exhibit offers a taste of what you've been missing. Here's a lovely little touch we found in the tropical room: hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) tucked into the crevices of a retaining wall. What a nice way to soften all those monotonous stacks of blocks we see around city and suburbs.
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( Joel Wintermantle, Chicago Tribune / March 2, 2010 )

If you've never been to Garfield Park Conservatory or Lincoln Park Conservatory for one of their three annual flower shows, or just to enjoy the towering palms and exquisite orchids in the depths of winter, their spectacular "Best in Show" exhibit offers a taste of what you've been missing. Here's a lovely little touch we found in the tropical room: hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) tucked into the crevices of a retaining wall. What a nice way to soften all those monotonous stacks of blocks we see around city and suburbs.

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