‘Favorite Things’ Presentation at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Marie Boisselot clematisJoin me at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show for ‘These are a Few of Our Favorite Things’. I’ll be presenting on Friday, March 24th, at 11 AM.

Managing the seminars on-site at past shows has given me a unique opportunity to attend MANY seminars. It is just one of the ways I have been able to rub shoulders with those who really know their stuff. Take Richard Hawke for example. He manages the Plant Evaluation program at Chicago Botanic Gardens. When Richard gave a 106 slide presentation on clematis in 2016, ‘Marie Boisselot’ was on his list as the best white clematis tested. It has a 7″ flower and blooms in June/July. When inundated with clematis options at the nursery, Richard’s choices are going to be on my list.

Root Slayer from RadiusGarden close up
Oh, there are lots more. Wasn’t I surprised when Jennifer Brennan picked the Root Slayer from RadiusGarden.com. After all, if you’ve seen Jennifer at the Chalet Nursery, on the ABC Morning News, or the Dig In Chicago TV Show, you would expect her to choose a flower as lovely as she is. So what do I get from Jennifer, a brute of a garden tool. Way to go Jennifer!

You don’t need to be a pro to have a favorite or to be in this presentation. And you don’t have to be well-known to show up. I hope you can come to the show and join in the fun. Oh, and Jennifer also picked something more delicate. I’m just not going to tell you now and take the mystery out of our relationship.

2 comments to ‘Favorite Things’ Presentation at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

  • My mother absolutely loves the clematis flower. We live on the northwest side of Chicago and every summer, she has trouble getting vigorous blooms. Do you have any suggestions?

    It’s a small city lot, so I worry we might be over crowding it. Do you have any advice?

  • Carol Cichorski

    Pruning at the right time is key. And to make it interesting, different clematis want to be pruned at different times. The short version – prune after it blooms or you may be cutting off the next buds. You’ll need to know which type of clematis you have so you make the right choice. I would not generally worry about overcrowding clematis – they actually strongly prefer to have their feet shaded and the rest of the plant in the sun.

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