The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 145
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 145

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SUNDAY, MARCH '.), 2008 DAILY HEKAI.I) SECTION •! PACE 3 Chlcagoland garden show seminars Here are seminars scheduled for the Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont. In addition, "Mr. Fix-It" Lou. Manfredini will appear from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, after a live remote broadcast from 6 to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM radio. Today ' 11 a.m. Grant Jones, techni- jcal expert, The Davey Tree Expert Co., "Getting Your New Trees and Shrubs Off on the Right Foot." Noon. Melinda Myers author, TV personality, "Growing Green: Tips and Techniques for Being Kind to the Environment." 12:30 p.m. Richard Eyre, Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery, "Captivating Conifers for the Home Landscape." 1:30 p.m. Pad Vitt, Chicago Botanic Garden, "Sustainable Gardening." 2 p.m. Richard Hentschel, U of I Extension, "ABC's of Dwarf Fruits for Home Gardens." 3 p.m. Ken Benson, coordinator, ornamental horticulture, Triton College, "Adding Cacti and Succulents to Container Gardens." Monday 10:30 a.m. Canon Camera Macro Photography, "Shooting Flowers." 11 a.m. Philip Riske, The Morton Arboretum, "Flowering Cherries, Pears and Crabapples: The Divas of the Ornamental Tree World." Noon. Christa Bormann, sales manager, Heinz Brothers Greenhouse, St. Charles, "Bugs for Lunch; Carnivorous Plants!" 12:30 p.m. Mary Samios- Russell, Contrary Mary's Plants and Designs, Inc., "A Bodacious Bunch of Perky Perennials to Provoke Your Passions." 1:30 p.m. Moshe Pinargote, Chicago Botanic Garden, "Math in the Garden." 2 p.m. Jim Schmidt, UofI Extension, "Using Annuals to Heat Up or Cool Down the Garden." Tuesday 10:30 a.m. Patricia Hill, garden designer and author, "Design Your Natural Midwest Garden." lla.m. Donna Smith, The Morton Arboretum. "Simplify your Garden: Maintenance Tips for the Busy Gardener." Noon. Barbara Damrosch, author, "The Garden Primer, 2nd edition," (Workman Publishing, $18.95), "Beauty and Bounty in a Cook's Garden." 12:30 p.m. Richard Walsh, DeVroomen Bulb Co., "Gardening with AUiums." 1:30 p.m. David Cantwell, Chicago Botanic Garden, "Proper Pruning and Mulching for Plants." 2p.m. Diane Anderson, Uof I Extension, "News from the Trial Garden: Hot New Plants." Wednesday 11 a.m. Katrina Lewin, The Morton Arboretum, "The Perfect Cut: How to Correctly Prune Trees & Shrubs." Noon. Shirley Remes, editor and writer, "Don't Fence Me In: Creating Garden Rooms Without Walls." 12:30 p.m. Sue Amatangelo, Ball Horticultural Company, "Absolutely Beautiful Container Gardens." 1:30 p.m. Tim Pollak, Chicago Botanic Garden, "Annuals: Great Garden Plants!" 2p.m. Sharon Yiesla, UofI Low maintenance plants C.JI.HF.RT R. HOUCIIKK ll/gbouclitr(fficlailyherald.1om Gerbera daisies can brighten this year's Chlcagoland Flower & Garden Show like they did in 2007. Extension, "Shade Gardens: It's Not Just Hostas Any More." Thursday 10:30 a.m. Laury Hartman, The Growing Place, Naperville, "Amazing Annual Plant Finds." 11:00 a.m. Kunso Kim, The Morton Arboretum, "Bewitched by Witch Hazels." Noon. Jim Kleinwachter, Conservation@Home, "Invite Nature to Your Yard." 12:30 p.m. Barbara Collins, horticulturist and author, "Cooking with Herbs: 10 Low- fat and Luscious Treats." 1:30 p.m. Linda Miranda, Chicago Botanic Garden, "Ready, Get Set, Garden." 2p.m. Nancy Pollard, UofI Extension, "Designing and Growing Beautiful Container Gardens." Riggenbach: It's not hard to attract beneficiais Continued from Rige 1 You can buy beneficial insects, but it isn't normally necessary. If you have a large garden that has been heavily sprayed in the past, though, purchased beneficiais could jump-start the population of good guys. Releasing purchased beneficiais in the garden is also a fun and educational project to consider sharing with children. Creating a garden that will attract beneficial insects is not at all difficult. Dill, fennel and anise are all easy and inexpensive to grow. Just scatter seeds in early spring where you want them to grow in the garden. You may never need to plant these herbs again, provided you allow some seeds to drop in the garden. If I get more volunteers than I need, I often use some of the extras for a pretty addition to container combos, where the herbs add an attractive contrast of textures. • Jan Riggenbach's column appears every Sunday. Write to her in care of the Daily Herald, P.O. Box 280, Arlington Heights IL 60006. Enclose a self- addressed, stamped envelope for a personal reply. S]|T||O||CJH Building Supply 1 aWOLSELEYcompany Customer Focused, Associate Driven. THE BUCKS ARE BACK! 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(630) 584-7500 RocHofd -1616 Windsor Rd. 18151 633-7070 Picture You 63O-513-53OO www. 3990 Commerce Drive, St. Charles,' IL 60174 B ctterliving ••• M I P WEST^ SUNROOMS • CONSERVATORIES Visit Our Showroom Mon-fii: 8am-5pin; Sat: <Min-3:3Upm; Sunday 12 noon—3pm. • Mo subcontractors; we build it all. • Tree in-home estimate. • 100% financing available. Friday 10:30 a.m. Ed Lyon, Rotary Botanical Gardens, "Building or Improving a Successful Shade Garden." lla.m. EdBeaulieu, Aquas- cape Inc., "Rainwater Harvesting: Strategies for Capturing and Storing this Most Precious Resource." Noon. Ed Lyon, Rotary Botanical Gardens, "Fantastic Foliage Annuals." 12:30 p.m. Andrew Gapinski, Morton Arboretum, "Shrubs: The Forgotten Element, Selection and Care for Shrubs in the Home Landscape." 1:30 p.m. Tom Tiddens, Chicago Botanic Garden, "Lawn Care Simplified." 2 p.m. David Robson, U of I Extension, "Plants that Offer Late-Season Bloom." BY DKHORAII DONOVAN DAILY I IKKAI.D I IOMKS WKI IKK ililimm 'n n ©r/m/y/MW/rf. cam The Eco-Friendly Garden displays products from drought-tolerant plants to permeable paving at the Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show. The garden by English & Sons Landscaping in Montgomery was built with Belgard Hardscapes. Shane English, the company's president, shared a list of his favorite low-maintenance plants with us. While English sings the praises of native plants, he thinks even hybrids, such as white coneflowers, have benefits form their ancestors' centuries adapting to our climate and soils. "They might need a litde bit more maintenance, but they have deep root systems," he said. • Moonbeam coreopsis needs to be cut back in the fall, whereas a native coreopsis would keep its shape and provide winter interest. The blooms are light yellow. • Karl Forester feather reed grass helps stabilize soil, especially along a creek bed or pond. Three-foot tall grasses like this can be great for keeping geese away from the edges of ponds, said English. The birds are afraid if they can't see over the grass. • Dwarf fountain grass works in areas where the homeowner wants something shorter. It grows 18-24 inches tall. • Chanticleer flowering pear does very well with little water, said English. It was chosen as the 2005 Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists. • May Night salvia sports purple flowers and grows about 18 inches tall. • Creeping lily turf grows in some shade and can be used instead of bluegrass. Other choices for shade are ferns and lye grass. • Autumn Blaze maple is a combination of silver and sugar maples. It grows quickly and its large red leaf provides good shade. Saturday 10:30 a.m. Alex Ragland, Art & Linda's Wildflowers, "Wildflower Gardens — Nature's Jewel Box." 11 a.m. Todd Jacobson, The Morton Arboretum, "Innovative Planting Combinations." Noon. Roy Diblik, Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington, Wis. "Know-Maintenance Perennial Gardening: Putting Together Perennial Plant Communities." 12:30 p.m. Connie Bailey, The Growing Place, "Today's Kitchen Garden; An Artful Combination of Flower, Fruit & All Manner of Edibles." 1:30 p.m. Jim Ault, Chicago Botanic Garden, "Lilies (Lilium) for Midwest Gardens." 2 p.m. Anne Gachuhi, U of I Extension, "Plant Selection for the Residential Backyard Landscape." March 15 Noon. Jack Pizzo, Pizzo & Associates, Leland, 111., "Managing Open Spaces/Restoring Natural Areas." 1:30 p.m. Carolyn Ulrich Editor, Chicagoland Gardening Magazine, "Perennials for the Chicago Region." 2p.m. MatKostelnik, UofI Extension, "Falling in Love with Carnivorous Plants." 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