Gardening Live

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Experience the biggest presentations of the show on the Gardening Live stage! Watch and learn from the top professionals in horticulture as they present on exciting green topics, three times a day.

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 Speaker Schedule

Day 1
18 Mar 2017
Day 2
19 Mar 2017
Day 3
20 Mar 2017
Day 4
21 Mar 2017
Day 5
22 Mar 2017
Day 6
23 Mar 2017
Day 7
24 Mar 2017
Day 8
25 Mar 2017
Day 9
26 Mar 2017

BOBBI CUP STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

Student Competition Official Sponsors:
AiFD

BOBBI CUP FLORAL DESIGN COMPETITION

This annual competition which honors Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, showcases six professional designers. The annual competition is open to any member of the North Central Chapter of AIFD. Participants: JOHN WINDISCH...
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AiFD

From Garden to Vase

A design demonstration by Loann Burke, North Central AIFD design director, with commentating, care and handling of flowers straight out of the garden. Official Sponsors:
Loann Burke

BOBBI CUP WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Winner Announcement for both Student competition and Bobbi Cup. Official Sponsors:
AiFD

The GrowIt! App Will Change the Way You Garden!

Members of the GrowIt! community find inspiration, connect with other gardeners and retailers, and learn about the plants they want to grow in their gardens. Join co-founders Mason Day and Seth Reed to hear...
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Seth Reed & Mason Day

Ready, Set, Grow! Prepping for a Successful Gardening Season

Looking to grow your best garden yet? Find out what you need to get started on the path to gardening success including a calendar of sequential tasks from spring to...
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William Moss

Create Your Own “Instant Gratification Spring Planter”

Everyone loves getting instant gratification. Learn how to create an “Instant Gratification Spring Planter” with Chalet horticulturist, Jennifer Brennan. The container blooms for two to three seasons, starting with early...
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Jennifer Brennan

Art in the Garden

From painting murals on fencing to commissioning large-scale sculptures, artwork adds unique touches to any size garden. The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit can be your catalogue to a variety of artists and their styles....
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Barbara Guttman

Mobile Photography in Your Garden

Do you have a smart phone?  Do you want to share what you see in your own and others gardens?  Come learn how to take pictures of flowers and gardens...
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Ed Caplan

Not the Way Your Grandma Pressed

Pressing flowers … no longer stuck in the 1800’s. Learn how to press, preserve and present dried flowers so can you stay ahead of the curve. Nature is constantly changing...
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Allison Zeeb

Seed Saving 101

Saving seeds from your garden to use next year is a fun and productive pastime. Topics covered include the types of seeds that can be saved, basics on seed-saving techniques...
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Kristie Webber

Growing Herbs in Containers

Herbs are made for container gardening! Learn the how’s and why’s of growing potted herbs from the types of containers to consider, the best potting mixes to use, plant combination...
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Kristie Webber

Spring Dish Gardens

The gray of winter can feel like it’s lasting forever. Making your own seasonal dish gardens with flowers, potted plants and other natural touches is an easy way to bring...
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Kristie Webber

Botanical Balms: Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Every Gardener

Spring gardening can leave dry, blistered hands, pores clogged with soil and peeling lips. Learn how to make these natural-care products that are used by staff at Lurie Garden. Plants...
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Laura Ekasetya

Sharing the Gift of Gardening

Join us to learn about engaging gardeners of all ages and experience levels in a wide variety of indoor gardening fun. Why indoor gardening? Everyone can do it, and we...
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Hedi Baxter Lauffer

The Triple-P: Planning, Propagating & Preserving

Soil preparation and design are not as hard as one would think. By following a few simple rules, you can have a flourishing herb garden in just one season. This...
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Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh

Herbal Tea Container

Making a great cup a tea is easier than you think especially with fresh leaves! Join Nancy Clifton as she shows you how to put together a container of fresh-growing...
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Nancy Clifton

Edible Salad Bowl

Think about using small, shallow bowls for elegant, edible creations this spring. Plant them using lettuce, herbs, peas and Swiss chard. Add flowers of pansies and snapdragons for drama and...
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Nancy Clifton

How to Make Seed Balls

This is gardening in one small, clay ball! It’s a quick-and-easy way to spread seeds and get a small space growing. Using clay, seeds, organic matter and other add-ins, form...
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Nancy Clifton

Window Box Herbs

Herbs are made for window boxes! Learn how to grow a variety of herbs in an outdoor window box – perfect for balconies! Discover container gardening and herb-growing tips, including...
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Jill Selinger

The Evolution of Landscape Gardening

Landscaping, gardening and farming all play a part in what’s now referred to as “outdoor living.” Construction complemented with beautiful landscaping and edibles is what most everyone wants. Or at least,...
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Ahmed Hassan

The Evolution of Landscape Gardening

Landscaping, gardening and farming all play a part in what’s now referred to as “outdoor living.” Construction complemented with beautiful landscaping and edibles is what most everyone wants. Or at least,...
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Ahmed Hassan

The Evolution of Landscape Gardening

Landscaping, gardening and farming all play a part in what’s now referred to as “outdoor living.” Construction complemented with beautiful landscaping and edibles is what most everyone wants. Or at least,...
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Ahmed Hassan

The Evolution of Landscape Gardening

Landscaping, gardening and farming all play a part in what’s now referred to as “outdoor living.” Construction complemented with beautiful landscaping and edibles is what most everyone wants. Or at least,...
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Ahmed Hassan

Organic Gardening and Beer Brewing for a More Sustainable Future

Join two seasoned urban farmers and an experienced brew master for a lively discussion of the impact and importance of organic gardening both now and in the future. Learn about...
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Martin Coad

Roses for the Real World

America’s Favorite Rose Gardener, Chris VanCleave has a passion for growing roses. His “Roses for the Real World” presentation will break down common myths about growing roses and will demonstrate...
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Chris VanCleave

Get Seedy – Save Your Own Seeds

Learn from seed preservationist Sacha Gee-Burns of Sunkissed Organics about the importance of keeping heirloom seeds viable, and receive a hands-on demonstration on how to save your own seeds.
Sacha Gee-Burns

Container Gardens for All Seasons

Container gardening is America’s most favorite way to garden. Every generation, no matter where you live,  can enjoy container gardening 365 days of the year. In this seminar you’ll get...
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Sue Amatangelo

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