Our free seminars are hosted in Chalet's Education Center. In the 10+ years since Horticulture Information Specialist Jennifer Brennan started the program we've hosted over 1000 seminars reaching over 5,000 attendees. Seminars are given by Jennifer Brennan unless otherwise noted. If you find that you cannot attend one or missed one, don’t worry, you can rent a video or DVD for $3.
Our seminars can even be used for credits towards Illinois Master Gardener certification.
In a typical workshop Jennifer provides an overview, demonstrates how to make the finished product and assists you with your project. A small materials fee and pre-registration is required for workshops.
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During the year, Chalet hosts a number of exciting events for our customers. Some are informational, some offer tremendous deals and others are just plain fun!
June 28, 2017 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
This is a walk-in workshop - no registration required. Bring up to 3 orchids, $5 per plant. Fee includes instruction and materials. You can bring in your own pots or purchase them here.
June 29, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
June 30, 2017 10:00am-11:00am
Hydrangeas are the hottest plants in gardening right now. Chalet's Chief Horticulturist, Tony Fulmer, has sorted through the maze of tried-and-new varieties and will share his '25 most reliable performers' for Chicagoland gardens. If you missed his presentation at this year's Chicago Flower & Garden Show, now is your chance to see it!
July 06, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
July 07, 2017 10:00am-11:00am
Succulents and cacti are the trendiest plants now due to their need for less water and their interesting shapes, colors & textures. Discover which ones are hardy to use outside and which ones are best as indoor plants for the winter with summer 'vacations' outdoors. These can become long lived "collector" plants because they require such little care.
July 12, 2017 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
This is a walk-in workshop - no registration required. Bring up to 3 plants, $5 per plant. Fee includes instruction and materials. You can bring in your own pots or purchase them here.
July 13, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
July 14, 2017 10:00am-11:00am
Frequently the problems we diagnose at Chalet's Plant Health desk are due to inadequate water from previous growing seasons. As a result, we've come to discover that many people do not understand how to correctly water the different plants in their gardens. In this seminar, a Chalet expert will discuss why correct watering is the most critical factor in the survival of plants in our gardens. More importantly, you'll learn why, how, when, and how much water to give to your plants when Mother Nature falls short.
July 20, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
July 21, 2017 10:00am-11:00am
Adam Sturtewagen, Chalet Landscape Architect and Chalet Beekeeper, will show you the basics of getting backyard hives started. You won't want to miss seeing the observation hive and tasting the amazing Chalet farm produced honey.