This is a collaboration between the Chicago Flower and Garden Show with COUNTRY Financial, Monticello St blog, and YaniraGarza.com. All words, images, and adorable children are my own.
This weekend was a busy one. I worked on Saturday, made it home to have dinner with my loves, and slowly start putting them to bed one by one as we needed to rest because Sunday was going to be a fun day for the kids. Perks of blogging happens to be just that, I get invited to fun places and I get to include my family. This year COUNTRY Financial showcased its agricultural roots and commitment to Illinois farms at this year’s event, Chicago’s Blooming and I was able to attend with my family. In partnership with Ted Greenhouse, the COUNTRY Financial garden was a great blend of Illinois agriculture and urban gardening, perfect for the city of Chicago. But this suburb transplant and newbie gardener, was looking forward to things I can enjoy outdoors with the kids, fairy gardens, playsets, veggie gardens in raised beds, the show had it all.
While I enjoyed talking to vendors and getting new ideas for my own garden that is filled with hydrangeas thinking about mixing in ornamental red kale, I couldn’t tear the kids away from the activity center. They spent their time discovering bugs and I even got over my own skeeves to discuss how to compost using worms. Yes. Me. I did that. The only downside, my daughter asked for a pet tarantula. BUT WHY?
The good news is that she is willing to trade a pet for a fairy garden after seeing this.
We finished out our day playing a bit more outside, inspired by our day at the show, we got out in the dirt, in the mud and enjoyed actually feeling the earth again. And I took a peek at my garden, hoping they were dormant and not dead. And after the cold, the snow, the frost, the hardship, they will sprout again. Seeing the hint of green has me jumping for joy and excited for the warmer months.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of COUNTRY Financial. The opinions and text are all mine.