Seminars & Events

For your added knowledge and enjoyment, Plantscape offers FREE seminars and special events throughout the year.  Presentations are made here at Plantscape in our seminar building located behind the garden center building.

The seminar building is also available for meetings at no charge. Contact us to arrange date and time.


Pruning Fruit Trees and Small Fruits”

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
Presented by Sonja Lallemand, Horticulturist

   Learn how to grow fruits successfully with proper pruning methods at our seminar on Saturday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m. here at Plantscape. Sonja Lallemand, horticulturist and retired U of I extension educator whose specialty is growing fruits, will take you through the appropriate steps necessary for you to care for your own fruit trees like apples, peaches, pear, plum, and cherry and small fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, hardy kiwi, and grapes. Learn about proper techniques, pruning tools, timing of pruning, and how to get the best production from your plants.  Fresh picked fruit adds great health benefits to your life, and growing your own is fun, educational, and good for your mind and body as well.  This is the time to prune fruit trees for best production, so learn from a professional how to care for your favorite fruits.   If you are just beginning with a small plot of fruit-producing plants or have an established orchard, there is always something to learn about pruning fruits.     

   Please call 942-4865 to register for this free seminar or email us at as class size is limited. Participants can also register to win a FREE raspberry plant! We hope you will join us for this interesting presentation.



“Attracting and Raising Purple Martins”

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Steve Gartside

     Local purple martin expert Steve Gartside from Tamaroa, Illinois, will present “Attracting and Raising Purple Martins” on Saturday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m. here at Plantscape.   Anyone wishing to attract purple martins or those with existing houses will learn valuable information such as migration, types of houses, how to attract purple martins, problems with predators, feeding habits, nest checking and support of the babies to fledgling.  Steve is a devoted birder with in-depth knowledge gained from over 20 years’ experience in attracting and raising purple martins. He currently cares for 250 pairs of purple martins in 14 houses. A slide presentation will be shown as he discusses his secrets for attracting this unique bird and shares his knowledge as a purple martin landlord.  Learn how you can also be a good landlord by joining us for this very informative seminar.  

    Call 942-4865 to register for this free seminar or email us at  so we will know how many people to expect.  Those attending may register to win free purple martin accessories to be given away after the seminar!