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'Spring Rising' Indoors And Out At Conservatory

By Ted Cox | February 17, 2017 4:07pm | Updated on February 20, 2017 8:40am
 Michael Thompson's organic-looking cone fits right in with the
Michael Thompson's organic-looking cone fits right in with the "Spring Rising" flower show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
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LINCOLN PARK — Global warming has stolen a little of the luster from Lincoln Park Conservatory's annual spring flower show.

The conservatory, at 2391 N. Stockton Drive, usually offers a sanctuary from winter this time of year, but record temperatures in the 60s Friday made Chicagoans want to stay outside.

Not for the conservatory's lack of trying. "Spring Rising," this year's flower show, mixes the work of local artist Michael Thompson with colorful displays of flowers.

"Haustellum" suggests kites swooping above a bed of azaleas, daffodils, tulips and hydrangea.

A ridged cone fits right in above a setting of flowers including some arranged in a red valentine shape. And organic shapes hover above and on the surface of one of the conservatory's small indoor ponds.

"Spring Rising" opened last Saturday and runs through May 14. Easter lilies are sure to make an appearance in the exhibit closer to the holiday.

Maybe then we'll have some snow to drive people inside.