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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 email@example.com 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.
Thursday, February 8. 1:15 p.m. From War Gardens to Victory Gardens. Bensenville
Garden Club, Bensenville Library.
February 17, 9-11 a.m. Seed Starting for the Edible Garden. The Morton Arboretum.
Thursday, February 22, 7-9 p.m. Seed Starting for the
Edible Garden. The Morton Arboretum.
February 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.
Thursday, March 8. 7 p.m. Succulents for Indoors and Out! Tinley Park Library (held across
the street at the Train Station).
March 19. Midwestern Garden Design. Western Springs Garden Club.
Tuesday, March 20. 10-Noon, Outside the Bungalow, Chicago Botanic
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.
Friday, April, 13. 1 p.m. Cress Creek Garden Club, Naperville.
Saturday, April 14.
Painting Your Garden with Plants (2 sessions: sun/shade) Chicago Botanic Garden
Monday, April 23. American Home Garden Design: 1830 to the Present.
Pottawatomie Garden Club Spring Luncheon. Location/time TBD.
Sunday, 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.
Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m. Containers and Window Boxes:
Creating the Wow Factor, IndianHead Library, Darien.
Saturday, May 5, 9:30
- Noon. Grow Great Peppers! The Morton Arboretum.
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 Garden.
September 9. 2 p.m. The Gardener as Artist. Chicagoland Daylily Society. The Community House, Hinsdale, IL
Other 1-hour classes (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
Moon Gardens: What's old is new again
The Gardener as Artist: Designing with Plants
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
Color, Texture and Form