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.
Saturday, 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.
Tuesday, March 6. Three Rivers Gardening Angels. Garden Club. TBD.
Thursday, 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 food preparation.
Thursday, March 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Early
Bloomers--Plants for Spring Color. The Morton Arboretum.
April 7. Edible Gardens. The Morton Arboretum.
Tuesday, April 10. 1
p.m. Simple Pleasures: Weed Less, Enjoy your garden more! Garden Club of Park Forest
Wednesday, April 11. 7 p.m. Gardening for Butterflies. Homer
13. 1 p.m. Cress Creek Garden Club, Naperville. Topic TBD
Saturday, April 14. Painting Your Garden with Plants: Shade Chicago Botanic
Saturday, April 14.
Painting Your Garden with Plants: Sun, Chicago Botanic Garden 1-3
Monday, April 23. 7 p.m. American Home Garden Design: 1830 to the Present. Pottawatomie
Garden Club Spring Luncheon. Location/time TBD.
April 24. American Home Garden Design: 1830 to the Present. Downers Grove. Avery Coonley School.
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.
1, 7 p.m. Growing Edibles:
Everything You Want to Know to Harvest Your Own Food. Green Hills Public Library District, Palos Hills.
Wednesday, May 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
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.
June 9, 9 – 11 a.m. Keep your Vegetable Garden Thriving. Chicago Botanic Garden.
Saturday, June 9, 1 - 3 p.m. Using
and Storing Herbs. Chicago Botanic Garden.
June 16, 9 – 11 a.m. Warm Season Veggies. Chicago Botanic Garden.
Saturday, June 16, 1 – 3 p.m. Creating
Habitat for Birds and Butterflies. Chicago Botanic Garden.
Sunday, September 9. 2 p.m. The Gardener as Artist. Chicagoland Daylily Society.
The Community House, Hinsdale, IL
classes (call or email for more information):
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
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