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“Gardening Chicago Style” Returns With Practical Tips for Area Home Gardeners

by Chicago Botanical Garden


The Chicago Botanic Garden will present its second annual symposium designed exclusively for Chicagoland gardeners on May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Amateur gardeners will have the opportunity to learn practical gardening

information they can put to immediate use in their home gardens,” said Tim Johnson, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s director of horticulture, who will share tips on “Garden Makeovers on a Budget.”

Slide-illustrated lectures by regional horticulturists and landscape designers will address the concerns of gardeners in the Chicagoland region and provide helpful hints. Dianne Noland, horticulture teaching associate, University of Illinois, and host, “Illinois Gardener,” WILL-TV, will show participants how to create and maintain gardens in urban or small spaces in her lecture, “Small Spaces Up Close and Personal.” Kim Polizotto, chief agronomist, PotashCorp, will explain how to identify and work with various soil types in “The Dirt on Soil.”

Concurrent sessions will include such topics as perennial plant combinations, dry and wet shade gardens, trees and shrubs in containers, planting and mulch depths, and general garden maintenance, all within the context of a Chicago area garden. Several of the sessions will involve guided and self-guided walks on the Chicago Botanic Garden grounds. A panel of experts will address the top 20 gardening myths and answer questions submitted during the morning break.

Registration fee is $89 for Chicago Botanic Garden members and $112 for nonmembers through April 30. Registration is $109 for Garden members and $137 for nonmembers after April 30. The Garden’s $8.75 parking fee is waived for registrants. Final registration deadline is May 6. To register, or for more information, call (847) 835-8261, or visit the Garden’s Web site at www.chicagobotanic.org/continuinged.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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