Seminars

 

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Learn from horticultural experts from a multitude of different professions during our free seminars every day of the show. With a wide range of interesting topics being offered, you’re sure to leave this year’s show excited, educated and inspired.

 

Attend a seminar and receive a coupon for a free audiobook download from Penguin Random House Audio. 
 

Day 1
14 Mar 2018
Day 2
15 Mar 2018
Day 3
16 Mar 2018
Day 4
17 Mar 2018
Day 5
18 Mar 2018

Designing a Pollinator Garden – Create the Scene and Attract the Characters for this Flower Garden Tale’s Happy Ending!

Create the scene and attract the characters for this flower garden tale’s happy ending!  You’ll enjoy their beauty and increased productivity in your garden and they’ll benefit from the food,...
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Melinda Myers

Monarch Stuff and How to Be a Caterpillar Mom

Kay MacNeil and Garden Clubs of Illinois have recognized the plight and low numbers of monarch butterflies (our state insect!)in Illinois.  What To Do!!!!  The Seminar, Monarch Stuff and How...
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Kay MacNeil

Palms for Tropical Flair to Home & Patio

Steve Meyer will present ideas on how to create and maintain a “Tropical Paradise” in your own yard. Palms, blooming tropical plants and even some houseplants can transform your outdoor...
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Steve Meyer

Tropical Containers

Enjoy a tour of the tropics at home. Learn some unique plant options for creating a new and interesting container look. Relying on foliage, form and color with flowers added...
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Nancy Clifton

Grow What You Love

When you take time to grow what you love, wonderful things happen. But where to begin and what to plant? Start with a handful of seasonal ingredients, the plants you...
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Emily Murphy

Garden in the Shade with Native Flowers, Shrubs and Trees, and Attract Butterflies, Bees and Birds

Gardening in the shade and attracting butterflies, bees and birds is challenging. Choosing Midwestern native flowers, shrubs and trees can make it successful. Two native plant experts, an author and...
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Monica Buckley & Charlotte Adelman

Thinking Outside of the Box – Creating Your Own Raised Vegetable Beds

Thinking Outside of the Box will involve a synopsis of the methods used to grow vegetables in the Urban Demonstration Garden through pictures, physical examples, and verbal critique. The lecture...
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Jason Toth

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

One of the joys of gardening is creating a beautiful, natural space that you, your family and the local birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife can enjoy.  Join National Wildlife...
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David Mizejewski

Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard Into the Garden of Your Dreams

Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams”: Landscapes, just like houses, sometimes need makeovers but homeowners are often stymied about how and where to begin. They need to...
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Bobbie Schwartz

What’s Important and How To Find It

If you host a radio program that covers gardening issues, you’re going to get a lot of questions: Where can I find that plant? What do I do about that...
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Mike Nowak & Peggy Malecki

Living Large in Small City Landscapes

Small, urban spaces offer unique opportunities that other larger sites may not. Creative use of space, material choices and project programming make all the difference when creating urban residential landscapes.
Nathan Robinson

The Container Revolution

More people are living in cities now than in any time in human history AND there are more people wanting to garden in these urban areas. Where do the two...
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Charlie Nardozzi

Flower Inspiration in the White House Style

Throughout her tenure as Chief Floral Designer, Laura’s goal was to create innovative and trend-setting designs that enhanced and complemented the historic White House setting, to increase opportunities for volunteer...
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Laura Dowling

Roses for Every Garden

Roses can be easy to grow, resilient and tolerant. These darlings of the garden respond quite nicely to a little TLC. We’ll explore what you want to achieve in your...
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Susan Fox

Color in Bloom

Andrea Grist

The Artful Garden

The most obvious notion of the artful garden is the incorporation of art, e.g. sculpture and ornament, into the garden but another aspect is the realization that structures such as...
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Bobbie Schwartz

The Container Revolution

More people are living in cities now than in any time in human history AND there are more people wanting to garden in these urban areas. Where do the two...
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Charlie Nardozzi

Flower Inspiration in the White House Style

Throughout her tenure as Chief Floral Designer, Laura’s goal was to create innovative and trend-setting designs that enhanced and complemented the historic White House setting, to increase opportunities for volunteer...
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Laura Dowling

Color in Bloom

Andrea Grist

Roses for Every Garden

Roses can be easy to grow, resilient and tolerant. These darlings of the garden respond quite nicely to a little TLC. We’ll explore what you want to achieve in your...
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Susan Fox

Rose Kings Sustainability Tour – Roses for the Real World

Confused about which roses will perform best in your garden? In this seminar, the Rose Kings will share their extensive knowledge with you about all types of roses that can...
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Rose Kings

Pursuing Your Petal Passion

Learn how Alice turned her passion for petals into a platform where individuals create their own flower arranging events businesses.
Alice Lewis

Native Plants … in my HOME garden?

“I keep hearing that native plants are important but do I really want them in my garden?” Learn what makes native plants special and which ones are better behaved in...
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Janie Grillo

Taking the Show Home: Utilizing GrowIt!

Come learn how you can make the most of your time at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show! Chelsey shows you how to dive into the displays at the show...
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Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are on the decline worldwide, but you can make a difference for them right in your own garden.  Join National Wildlife Federation naturalist and NatGeo...
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David Mizejewski

Gardening for Monarchs

Monarchs are one of the most recognized and loved butterflies! Learn how you can garden for these beautiful creatures. We’ll look at their lifecycle, annual cycle and how you can help...
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Janie Grillo

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