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What Will You Learn at the Show?

A big part of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is about education. We want gardeners and green enthusiasts of all experience levels to leave the show with a new piece of insight and inspiration. Whether it’s found at a how-to workshop, within one of our featured gardens or during one of our seminars—taking home something that will improve your garden space is important to us!


This year, in continuation of our “Do Green. Do Good.” theme, the show is proud to host more than 40 speakers to participate in our daily seminars. A number of presentation topics will be related to sustainability, as well as other topics like landscaping, annuals and perennials, planting techniques, organic gardening and more.


Speakers and topics lined up for the 2015 Chicago Flower & Garden Show include:

  • Amanda Thomsen, “Weeder’s Digest”
  • Barbara Wise, “The Garden of the Future is the Patio”
  • Ben Helphand
  • Beth Botts, “Little Wild Things: Wildflowers in the Shade Garden” & “Snip and Shape: Practical Tips for Pruning Shrubs”
  • Bruce Bailey, “Container Named Desire” & “Don’t Let Your Lawn Stop You”
  • Carol Kim, “Pollinators and Native Gardening”
  • Charlie Nardozzi, “Growing Edibles Everywhere”
  • Dan Heims, “Shade Gardening with New Perennials” & “Sexy Succulents: Indoors and Out”
  • Diane Blazek, “10 Cool Trends in New Flowers and Vegetables”
  • Fran Sorin
  • Gary Dulock, “If Color Could Talk”
  • Jack Barnwell, “Landscaping and Gardening on Mackinac Island: Overcoming a Unique Challenge to Create Timeless Results”
  • Jennifer Brennan
  • LaManda Joy
  • Laura Erickson, “Welcoming Birds to Your Garden”
  • Maria Zampini, “Runway Stars: New Plants in Your Local Garden Center”
  • Mark Highland, “Organic Mechanics: Green Methods to Create Healthy Soil”
  • Melinda Myers, “Eco-Friendly Vegetable Gardening Success”
  • Michael and Kathi Rock, “Gardening to Attract Hummingbirds”
  • Nan Chase, “Welcome to the Drinkable Landscape”
  • Peggy Pelkonen, “Ideal Specimens for Small Spaces”
  • Richard Anthony, “Growing Minature Roses in Containers. It is Easy and Fun.”
  • Scott Mehaffey, “Bringing Nature Indoors for a Year-Round Garden Life”
  • Scott Stewart, “A Conservation Biologist Views a Public Garden”
  • Seth Reed & Mason Day, “Garden Revolution!”
  • Shawn Odeal, “The Future of Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Vertical Gardening”
  • Shawna Coronado, “Build a Sustainable Ornamental Edible Garden”
  • Stacy Best, “Garden for the Health of It”
  • Susan Betz, “Green Bridges: Safe Passages for Plants and Pollinators” & “Herbs for Pleasure and Purpose”
  • Susan Fox, “Miniature Roses: Hot New Color Spots for Your Garden” & “Landscaping with Roses”
  • The Seed Keeper Company, “The Legacy of Seed Saving”
  • Thomas Mickey, “America’s Romance with the English Garden”
  • Tom Tiddens, “Environmentally Sensitive Pest Control: Don’t Just Grab that Pesticide”
  • Tony Fulmer, “25 Problem-solving Perennials for Challenging Sites”

These individuals are the best of the best in the industry—and we’re thrilled that each and every one is joining us this year! So take notes, ask questions and learn! That’s what they’re here for.

What will you learn at the show this year? Start planning your trip by viewing our seminar schedule here. There will also be plenty of action and how-to advice happening within our busy How-to Garden. Discover what interactive activities, workshops and speakers will be joining us here.



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