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.
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 27, Seed Swap Demo (veggies and milkweed seed starting tips) at The Morton Arboretum.
Saturday, Feburary 3, 8-4 p.m. Central Region
Symposium--The Perennial Plant Association. The Morton Arboretum. Designing and Planting for Pollinators in
the Home Garden
and other insects play a crucial role in nature and in agriculture. They pollinate everything from ornamental flowers to many
of the foods we enjoy. Nina will explore how humans and insects perceive colors and how to make the most of colorful plant
combinations. We’ll look at effective and artistic ways to use a variety of annuals, perennials, native grasses and
shrubs to create attractive gardens for people and pollinators.
Thursday, February 22, 7-9 p.m. Seed Starting for the Edible Garden. The
24. 8-4. This Old House: Midwestern Gardens from Past to Present. And, Creating a Butterfly-Pollinator Garden.
The University of Illinois Master Gardener Conference, Kishwaukee College.
Tuesday, March 6. Midwestern Gardens from Past to Present. Three
Rivers Gardening Angels. Garden Club.
March 8. 7 p.m. Succulents for Indoors and Out! Tinley Park Library (held across the street at the Train Station).
Monday, March 19.
Midwestern Garden Design. Western Springs Garden Club.
Tuesday, March 20. 10-Noon, Outside the Bungalow, Chicago Botanic Garden
New! Bungalows and Arts and Crafts-inspired houses are typically
charming smaller homes found in cities and suburbs across the country. These popular style homes are appealing because they were often designed to be in harmony with nature and outdoor
living. Discover how plants, hardscape, and other elements can enhance your own bungalow garden.
Tuesday, March 20, 1-3 p.m., Growing a
Cook’s Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden
If you have a spot in your garden, balcony, or deck that receives more than six hours of direct sunlight,
you can grow fresh herbs and vegetables. We’ll cover how to grow the best essential ingredients for your kitchen: tomatoes,
onions, peppers, squash, garlic, and leafy greens. In this class, you’ll learn the basics of soil preparation, planting
in pots, plant selection, protecting your harvest from pests, extending the crops from spring through fall, and ideas for
March 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Early Bloomers--Plants for Spring Color. The Morton Arboretum.
Saturday, April 7. Edible Gardens. The
Tuesday, April 10. 1 p.m. Simple Pleasures: Weed Less, Enjoy
your garden more! Garden Club of Park Forest
April 11. 7 p.m. Gardening for Butterflies. Homer Glen Library.
Thursday, April 12. 1:15 p.m. From War Gardens to Victory Gardens.
Bensenville Garden Club. Bensenville Public Library.
Friday, April 13. 1 p.m. Cress Creek Garden Club, Naperville. Topic TBD
Saturday, April 14. Painting Your Garden
with Plants: Shade Chicago Botanic Garden 10-12
April 14. Painting Your Garden with Plants: Sun, Chicago Botanic Garden 1-3
Monday, April 16. 7 p.m. Inspiration
for Gardeners. Suburban Garden Club. Community House, 415 W. 8th Street, Hinsdale.
Monday, April 23. 7 p.m. American Home Garden Design:
1830 to the Present. Pottawatomie Garden Club Spring Luncheon. Location/time TBD.
Tuesday, April 24. American Home Garden Design: 1830 to the Present.
Downers Grove. Avery Coonley School.
April 29. 10:30-11:30--Growing Greens followed by a cooking class with Mary Kay Gill at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Learn to grow and use spring salad greens in this unique gardening and cooking class. Start by learning how to grow spring
salad greens such as different types of lettuce, spinach, and kale, as well as some cool-season salad fixings like radishes,
small Parisian carrots, peas, and spring onions. Because many of these edibles have very small root systems, they can be grown
in pots as well. Then, gain inspiration for hearty, seasonal salads at this demonstration cooking class featuring recipes
from Patricia Wells’ Salad as a Meal. Lunch will be served.
Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m. Growing Edibles: Everything You Want to Know to Harvest Your Own Food. Green Hills Public Library District,
2, 7 p.m. Containers and Window Boxes: Creating the Wow Factor, Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien 630-887-8760
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 - Noon. Grow Great Peppers! The Morton Arboretum.
Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. Simple Pleasures: Inspiration for Gardeners. South Holland
Thursday, May 10, 7-9
p.m. Grow a Cut Flower Garden. The Morton Arboretum.
Saturday, May 12, 1-3 p.m. American Home Garden Design 1832-Present. Chicago Botanic
Thursday, May 17, 7
p.m. Container Gardening. Woodridge Library.
Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m. Container
Gardening. Hoffman Estates Garden Club. Schaumburg Library.
Saturday, June 9, 9 – 11 a.m. Keep your Vegetable Garden Thriving. Chicago
9, 1 - 3 p.m. Using and Storing Herbs. Chicago Botanic Garden.
Monday, June 11. 6 p.m. Container Gardening. Aurora Library.
Saturday, June 16, 9 – 11 a.m. Warm
Season Veggies. Chicago Botanic Garden.
June 16, 1 – 3 p.m. Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies. Chicago Botanic Garden.
Tuesday, Aug. 7. 7 p.m. Container Gardening.
South Suburban Garden Club
September 9. 2 p.m. The Gardener as Artist. Chicagoland Daylily Society. The Community House, Hinsdale, IL
Wednesday, October 17. 7 p.m. Container Gardening.
Ford Library, Western Springs.
October 27. 10-noon. Growing Herbs Indoors and Out. Chicago Botanic Garden.
Saturday, October 27. 1-3. Planning Your Vegetable Garden. Chicago
November 10. Gardens of the Roaring 20’s. 9 – 11 a.m. Chicago Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 10. Prairie Flowers for the
Home Garden Noon – 2 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden
Saturday, January 26. Starting Greens from Seed. Morton Arboretum.
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.
May 7. Container Gardening. Lake Zurich Garden Club. 7 p.m.
2020 Programs (yes, 2020!)
April 4, 2020. Key Note speaker for the McHenry County Master Gardeners symposium.
Other 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 design class.)
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
What's old is new again
Gardener 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