Programs

January 17, 2019

Mel Zaloudek: What's New in Herbal Gardening and Medicine

9:00 - 11am

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January 17, 2019

Mel Zaloudek: What's New in Herbal Gardening and Medicine

Mel Zaloudek will give us a show and tell of dozens of favorite household products based on true herbal medicine.  We will also learn some visual identification, cultural requirements and home usage of the many health-enhancing flowers, vegetables, and herbs from our garden.

Mel graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BSA in Taxonomic Botany – the science that finds, identifies, describes, classifies, and names plants. After serving on the Triton College Horticultural Faculty for 20 years, he became an independent landscaping consultant. 


9:00 - 11am

February 21, 2019

Joan Mazat and Kelsey Fletcher: Container Solutions

9:00 - 11am

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February 21, 2019

Joan Mazat and Kelsey Fletcher: Container Solutions

Joan and Kelsey arecoming to GCI from Ball Horticultural, the company that brought us Burpee Seeds, Wave Petunias andKnock-Out roses. Started by George J. Ball in 1905 as a wholesale cut flower operation, Ball now encompasses breeders, research and development teams, seed and vegetative producers, and distribution companies on six continents in 18 countries. What began as a row trial garden for seed varieties in 1933 now covers over 9 acres of display beds for annuals, perennials, cut flowers, andvegetables, including the newest plants from the industry’s leading breeders and marketers – a fabulous tapestry to be viewed by invite only.

Joan and Kelsey will bring a visual presentation of their spectacular planter designs, from petite to jaw-dropping, many of which contain the latest Ball products. Just in time for your spring planting planning, they will give us the insider’s info on container trends and new products that will be appearing in greenhouses near you. 

9:00 - 11am

March 21. 2019

Dan Pilguy: Farming the Chicago Suburbs and Beyond

9:00 - 11am

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March 21. 2019

Dan Pilguy: Farming the Chicago Suburbs and Beyond

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture, but what exactly does that mean and how can it impact your dinner table? You may have seen our presenter, “Farmer Dan,” and his delectableproduce at one of our many area Farmers’ Markets. He is the owner of Arlington Crest Farms, a local CSA operation, providing retail, wholesale, compost, landscape design and ediblegarden services. 

Dan has been describedas a man “with a passion for dirt and tasty food.” He will give us the inside scoop on that dirt, as well as the sustainable practices he uses daily in his business. He will also share with us a “day in the life” of an entrepreneur who combines old-school farming with new techniques to feed the community. 

9:00 - 11am

April 18, 2019

Diana Stoll: Native Plants in a Non-Native Landscape

9:00 - 11am

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April 18, 2019

Diana Stoll: Native Plants in a Non-Native Landscape

Introducing more native plants in your landscape improves your soil, reduces watering and the use of pesticides, and creates habitat for butterflies, birds, bees, and other wildlife - which all makes your yard more beautiful. You CAN have your hydrangeas and hostas and natives, too. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to add some native species to your garden.

Diana Stoll is a horticulturalistand a garden writer, speaker, and photographer. She writes a weekly column for the Daily Herald and is a regular contributor to Chicagoland Gardening magazine, the Kane County Chronicle and other industry publications. She writes about her gardening adventures on her blog at www.gardenwithdiana.com. You can also catch her beautiful photos on Facebook. She loves to share the joy of gardening.

9:00 - 11am