Thank you for checking out my presentation
topics. I've taught classes and workshops at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum since 1997. I also do programs
for libraries, garden shows, historical societies, local garden clubs and other organizations. Almost all of the digital photographs
used in my presentations are from gardens I've visited in the Midwest and from my own one-acre garden, Wildwood. I rarely
do the same exact program because I'm always looking for interesting plants. Fees vary by location and length of program.
Here are some comments
from the recent "Gardens of the Roaring 20's" and "Prairie Flowers for the Home Garden" classes at the
Chicago Botanic Garden:
"Excellent instructor!" "Wonderful, beautifully prepared, charming."
Buckingham Fountain Revisited
@ Wildwood Garden.
For more info on upcoming classes, or to schedule a presentation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-217-9357.
Saturday, January 26. Starting Greens from Seed. Morton Arboretum.
Wednesday, February 6. Miniature and TableTop
Gardens. Tinley Park Library 7 p.m.
February 12. Garden Clubs of Illinois Landscape Design Council. 11:30 a.m.
Monday, February 18. Shade Gardening. Garden Club of Hinsdale. 12:30 p.m. Location TBD.
Saturday, February 23. Growing Tomatoes and
Peppers from Seed. Morton Arboretum.
February 28. Simple Pleasures: Inspiration for Gardeners. 7 p.m. West Chicago Garden Club.
Tuesday, March 19. Grow a Cook's Garden 1-3.
Chicago Botanic Garden.
March 20. Growing, Harvesting and Using Herbs. 7 p.m. Indian Head Park Library.
Saturday, March 30. Paint Your Garden with Plants (2 sessions--shade/sun);
10-12 and 1-3). Chicago Botanic Garden
April 2. Earth Day Presentation. 6 p.m. Stickney Forest Public Library.
Monday, April 22. Earth Day Presentation. 7 p.m. Tinley
25. The Edible Patio. 7-9 p.m. Morton Arboretum
Wednesday, May 1. Growing Edibles: Everything You Want to Know to Harvest Your Own Food.
7 p.m. Green Hills Public Library. Palos Hills.
Thursday, May 2. Grow a Salsa Garden. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Morton Arboretum.
Tuesday, May 7. Container Gardening. 7 p.m.
Lake Zurich Garden Club.
May 10. The Edible Patio. 10 a.m. - noon. Morton Arboretum.
Saturday, May 11. Planting for Pollinators. 10-noon. Chicago Botanic Garden
Saturday, May 11. Grow a High-Yield Cut-Flower
Garden 1-3. Chicago Botanic Garden.
May 16. Containers and Window Boxes that Wow. 7 p.m. Glenside Public Library.
Wednesday, May 22. Grow a Cut-Flower Garden. 6:30 - 9 p.m.
June 8. Gardening for Pollinators and Grow a Cut-Flower Garden. Chicago Botanic Garden
Thursday, July 11. Seed Sowing for Fall Edibles; and
Growing, Using and Storing Herbs. Chicago Botanic Garden
Saturday, July 20. Gardening for Pollinators. 9 a.m. to Noon. Morton Arboretum.
Thursday, Aug. 1. The American Home Garden.
7:45 a.m. Perennial Plant Association Conference. Rosemont.
April 4, 2020. Key Note speaker for the McHenry County Master Gardeners symposium.
May 19, 2020. Victory Gardens. Bloomingdale
programs (call or email for more information):
From Pen to Print: Local Gardens featured in the Chicago Tribune and Chicagoland Gardening Magazine.
American Home Garden Design: 1830 to the Present: Draw
inspiration for your own garden from the history of home garden design! We'll look at how home garden design has changed since
the Midwest was first settled. Learn more about design evolution, the rise of the suburban lawn movement, foundation plantings,
cottage gardens, moon gardens and heirloom plants to name a few. We'll take the best of these design ideas and examine how
they can be used in your own garden, no matter what age or style home you own. (This is also offered as a 3- and 6-hour
The Artful Gardener: Breathing New Life into Your Garden. Thinking outside the Phlox. Coloring
outside the lines. Yes, you ARE an artist in your garden. A look at public and private gardens--from the quirky
and magical to the elegant innovative (and their creators) -- and the plants and garden art within them. If you need inspiration,
this is for you.
Herbal Tea Gardens
Grow a Cook's Garden
Create a Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden
Cottage Garden Designs for the Midwest:
Exuberant gardens overflowing with old-fashioned flowers--that is the vision that comes
to mind when we think of cottage gardens. Shrub roses, foxgloves, poppies, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, vegetables, and herbs
all have a place. Discover bed and border designs and plant combinations that can help you get the look of an English-style
as Artist: Designing with Plants & Structures
Growing Edibles: Everything You Want to Know to Harvest Your Own Food
Simple Pleasures--Inspiration for Gardeners
Gardening in Small Spaces
Containers and Window Boxes: Creating the Wow Factor
If you're short on space and time when
it comes to gardening, consider growing flowers, herbs, and edibles in pots or window boxes. Whether you have a balcony, a
deck or small patio, containers provide an opportunity to add color and texture in sun and in shade. Discover how to choose
containers and plants for maximum effect.
Designing with Color, Texture and Form