CHICAGO -- The smell of lilies permeated the air at Marshall Field's benefit for the Chicago Botanic Garden's Green Chicago program. The fragrance came not from the expensively scented guests at the party, but from more than a million spring flowers filling cornucopias throughout the first floor of the State Street store.

Field's revived its old springtime "Flowering Field's" tradition for the first time in 10 years, importing seven truckloads of flowers and greenery from around the world to create the blooming extravaganza.

"The floral fantasy is a special gift we're contributing to our customer's celebration of spring," said Andrew Markopoulos, senior vice president of visual merchandising and design for Marshall Field's, Dayton's and Hudson's.

It made a fitting setting for the party, which raised $65,000 for the Green Chicago program, which supports community gardening projects in the city.

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