Gardening in the air! (webinar)

Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Event Type:

Natives Track:

9am - 10 am

Prairie Plants and Other Wildflowers for Sunny Gardens, Deb Lewis, Curator of Ada Hayden Herbarium, Iowa State University

This class will focus on prairie plants and other sun-loving natives that are in four, large plant families – the sunflower/aster family (Asteraceae), mint family (Lamiaceae), milkweed family (Apocynaceae/Asclepiadaceae) and grass family (Poaceae). Discussion will include their availability, uses in our gardens and roles in creating pollinator habitat. A few wetland or wet-tolerant plants that occur in these four families will be included for those who have rain gardens or other open, wet sites.

10am - 11 am

Wondrous Wildflowers for the Shade, Ed Lyon, Director, Reiman Gardens


There has been a dramatic increase in interest in native plants, particularly prairie, pollinator and meadow plants. Less attention has been given to our shade areas. Ed Lyon has extensive experience in shade gardening; his current property is the 3rd where he has successfully mastered the challenges of shade. He will talk about native plants for Midwest shade conditions. To be inclusive to all gardeners, the plant list will also include nativars. Special Notes: SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED

11am - noon

Native Trees and Shrubs for Wildlife, Ryan Pankau, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois

Extension Horticulture Educator, Ryan Pankau, reviews a list of favorite Illinois native trees and shrubs in this presentation.  Ryan will discuss ornamental attributes of each plant, planting requirements and the relative wildlife value of each native.


Fruits Track:

9am - 10 am

Underutilized and Lesser-Known Fruit, Patrick O’Malley, Horticulture Specialist, Iowa State University

This session will discuss the potential of growing fruits such as pawpaw, hardy kiwi, currants and many more.

10am - 11 am

Planning the Home Fruit Garden, Elizabeth Wahle, Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, University of Illinois

There is nothing like picking fruit from your own garden, but how do you get started?  In this session, Elizabeth will discuss the pros and cons of the most common tree and small fruit to help you select the best choice for your site and gardening skills.

11am - noon

Big Flavors in Small Spaces: Container Fruits, Bruce J. Black, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois

Lacking a large landscape and love homegrown fruits? Look to container gardening: fruit edition! Join Horticulture Educator Bruce J. Black, to discuss how dwarf cultivars of blueberries, strawberries, brambles (raspberries and blackberries), and even apple trees can be planted on your patios or small outdoor areas to provide those big fresh fruit flavors in small spaces!


Ornamentals Track:

9am - 10 am

Late Summer & Fall Colors in the Garden, Martha A. Smith, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois

Late summer and fall gardens often look worn out and tired after the riot of spring and summer color.  Our fall gardens don’t have to look tired and past their prime. Many plants are available to give you a fall “WOW” factor. Come learn how to rev up your autumn  garden with perennials, ornamental grasses and the fall colors of trees and shrubs.

10am - 11 am

Composting Do’s and Don’ts,  Duane Friend, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship, University of Illinois

This class will discuss the composting process, what materials work well for composting and what should be avoided and other management considerations.

11am - noon

Fall Gardening for Pollinators, Ken Johnson, Extension Educator, Horticulture, University of Illinois

Pollinators are important, and fall is an important time for pollinators. Learn about what you can do or stop doing to make your landscape more pollinator friendly.

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