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Seminars & Events

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If you enjoyed our seminars for 2012 seminars held in our ‘Educational Auditorium’ please attend our 2013 free seminars and events! Located adjacent to our Nursery the auditorium has room for over 150 attendees.

Sign up for the preferred customer program on our home page and we will send you notifications of upcoming seminars and events as well timely gardening tips and sales. Registration is not required. We hope you’ll be able to attend these informative seminars and events! For more information contact us at: 847-299-1300 or E-mail: Clark@pesches.com

Seminars 2013

June 8, 2013 Saturday


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Mike Mennenoh from Mariani Nurseries will present new and improved shrubs as well as older plants that are still spectacular in the garden that have been around for awhile. Mike will talk about several old favorites that have been improved upon including Hydrangeas, Flowering Quince, Forsythia and Weigela. Mike has been in the industry since his teenage years and has a passion for plants and design areas in the garden.

Native Illinois Plants

11:30 a.m.

Trish Beckjord from Midwest Groundcovers will present Native Illinois plants and clarify that natives are just not prairie plants. Trish is an expert when it comes to Natives. Midwest Natural Garden Native selections are collected 90 miles from St. Charles and are specific for the Chicago land area and for the Midwest. Trish Beckjord is a registered landscape architect and graduate of the University of Michigan's MLA program where some of her favorite courses involved field study of native plants and ecosystems.

It Doesn't Have to be a Prairie! How to Use Native Plants In Your Garden

Don't like the wild look? Think that's the only way to plant native plants? Many homeowners are becoming better informed on the idea of sustainable gardens and the value of adding native plants to the garden mix. But, at the same time, knowing how to do it successfully can seem an intimidating task. Trish Beckjord is a registered landscape architect and specialist in the world of native plants. Come learn some of the best natives for your garden and how to mix them with some of your other ornamental favorites. Trish will review a variety of native species for sun and shade, including wildflowers and a variety of lesser known ornamental grasses. Her talk promises to be interesting and informative, and filled with examples of successful gardens. Many native species are quite beautiful in their own right and can be quite well behaved, so come join us for a fun opportunity to learn and get your questions answered!