Programs

Listed as one of Garden Clubs of Illinois’ most popular speakers, Shirley gave a program at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show to a standing-room-only crowd, plus has appeared at Chicago’s Garden in a City Flower Show and the Philadelphia Flower Show. She regularly gives programs for garden clubs throughout the Midwest.

Click on Slide shows, Crafts or Tours to see a list of programs and garden tours. Custom programs and tours can also be arranged. Call 847-697-4796 for available dates and fees.

NEW! Garden Styling: Make Your Garden Look Like Those in Magazines

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Learn about the tips that the pros use to make your garden photograph ready.

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NEW! Structure in the Garden

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Learn about the bones of the garden: fences, gates, arbor, paths and more, to make your garden functional as well as beautiful.

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So You Want Your Garden To Be In A Magazine: What Do Editors Want?

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See preliminary scouting photos and then the finished product of gardens that have appeared in Better Homes & Gardens magazine from the Chicagoland area.

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Beyond Pink Flamingos! How To Decorate Your Yard With Style

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Learn four easy ways to know whether or not a garden ornament will look good in your yard, and then how to place it correctly.

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Front Gardens: Put Your Best Foot Forward

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Why keep all our beautiful plants and borders in the back yard where no one can see them? Take hints from these gardeners who have made bold use of their front yards.

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Don’t Fence Me In: Creating Garden Rooms Without Walls

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How to create garden rooms in your yard.

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More Than Just a Pretty Picture: Gardens with Personality

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See how gardeners use creativity and fun to decorate their yards and make a personal statement.

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Shade Gardens

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Learn about underused plants and techniques for glamorizing your shade garden.

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Rain Gardens

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What is a rain garden, and how can you have one?

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Grand Gardens of Chicago

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A visual tour of the best public gardens in Chicagoland, including Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Cuneo, Montefiore, Cantigny, and some small public gardens.

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Eastern Wisconsin Shopping Spree

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The Garden Room, Shorewood – Have lunch or tea at this fabulous retail shop with roof garden, restaurant and 3 floors of garden must-haves. Shady Acres, New Berlin – Stroll thedisplay gardens and then head into the retail center to …

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Western Wisconsin Shopping Spree

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Northwind Perennial Farm – Grower and supplier for Piet Oudolf, designer of Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, this retail center specializes in hardy plants for our area and is set in a historic barn and farmhouse just north of Lake …

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Rockford & Surrounding

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Anderson Japanese Garden – Visit this astonishing Japanese garden with its array of surprises set into a cliff just outside of town. Sinnissippi Gardens – Walk the river and enjoy the displays of bright flowering beds.

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Woodstock & McHenry

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Foxwillow Pines – Conifers of every size, shape and color are on display and for sale at this fascinating nursery with even more fascinating owners and growers, Rich and Susan Eyre. Kimball & Bean – From grand estate gates taken …

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Fox Valley Shopping Spree

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The Natural Garden, St. Charles – Known for its specialization on native plants Shady Hill, Elburn -As seen on Martha Stewart, geraniums & other popular annuals and perennials Heritage Prairie Market, Geneva -A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm and source …

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