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.


Seminars & Events

Purple Martin Seminar:  

“Attracting and Raising

Purple Martins”

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 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 24, 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 150 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!



“Introduction to Beekeeping”

Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Presented by

The Southern Illinois Beekeeping Association

  Members of the Southern Illinois Beekeeping Association will be at Plantscape Nursery on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to present seminars on the basics of beekeeping in our region.  The seminar will include a discussion about beekeeping basics and protecting and supporting pollinators. A question and answer session and a display of beekeeping equipment will also be included. In addition, Leedle's Houme Bees based in Mulkeytown will have beekeeping equipment for sale on site. Those who wish to order beekeeping equipment can contact the Leedles at or (618) 724-2786 for delivery at the seminar.

    Please call Plantscape at 942-4865 to register for one of these free seminars or email us at as class size is limited. We hope you will join us for this interesting and informative presentation and learn the tips from experienced local beekeepers.



April Seminar:  “Square Foot Gardening”

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Master Gardeners Herb Klickner

and George Turner

Please join us for a Master Gardener presentation on Square Foot Gardening for spring planting on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. here at Plantscape Nursery.  U of I Extension Master Gardeners Herb Klickner and George Turner presented a seminar on square foot gardening last fall and will return to Plantscape to share their years of square foot gardening experience with a focus on spring and summer gardens.  Learn how to construct a raised bed square foot garden, how to make your own healthy soil, how to make efficient/productive use of limited space, plants and activities for the spring and summer seasons and what you can grow using the square foot gardening technique.

 Pre-register by calling 942-4865 or email us at so we can reserve a seat for you for this free presentation. Learn how to grow fresh vegetables for good health and enjoyment in an easy and efficient way.  Join us!


Special Event Workshop: “Stretching Exercises for Gardeners”

Presented by Ann Wheeler   Saturday April 28, 10 – 11 a.m.

  Join us here at Plantscape for a free special event when Ann Wheeler, a licensed massage therapist, physical therapy assistant with a degree in athletic training, and gardener for over 20 years, will present stretching exercises to help relax those "gardener's woes” such as aching backs, necks, elbows, arms, wrists, and hamstrings. These stretches will help you feel better after working in the garden and help keep you moving in the less-active seasons. Help your body transition to gardening activities this spring. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and prepare to feel good!        

Free Chocolates will be served!  Register to win a FREE massage!

   Please call 942-4865 or email us to reserve a space as seating is limited.