Speakers Schedule

9:30 a.m. – Keynote Speaker

Room A
How to Be a Better Gardener Faster
Scott Beuerlein, Director of Horticulture, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

10:30 a.m.

Room A
Genetically Modified Plants: Facts vs. Fiction
Dr. Peter Goldsbrough, Professor, Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University

Room B
Contained Tropicals in the Heartland
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, Certified Indoor Landscape Technician, Certified Green Industry Professional, Michigan Certified Nurseryman, Author and Speaker

11:30 a.m.

Room A
Season Extenders
Scott Beuerlein

12:30 p.m.

Room A
Hydrangea Paniculata
Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation Manager and Associate Scientist, Chicago Botanic Garden

Room B
Succulents 101
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

1:30 p.m.

Room A
Focus on Midwestern Native Plants
Mark O'Brien, Director, Cardno Native Plant Nursery
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Room B
Pruning 101: How Plants React to Pruning
George Brenn, Founder, President and General Manager, Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery, Inc.

2:30 p.m.

Room A
Top Performing Perennials for Chicagoland
Richard Hawke

Demonstrations Schedule

The Happening Place!

Up close and personal, this is the place to see things happen! From 20-minute demonstrations on gardening basics to 45-minute how-tos on unique gardening subjects, join us for these earthy and whimsical sessions!



10:30 a.m.Kristine Sandrick, The Dirt on Soils
11:00 a.m.Laura Tucker, The Winter Butterfly
11:30 a.m.Bev Thevenin, Winter Seed Sowing



12:30 p.m.Damien Appel - What's All the Cluck & Chatter About Chickens
1:30 p.m.Jill Kilhefner - Growing, Using, Preserving Herbs
2:30 p.m.Bob Stoner - Square Foot Gardening

2017 Seminars at the 14th Annual Gardening Show

The Porter County Master Gardeners Associations 14th Annual Gardening Show is shaping up to be one of our best Gardening Shows ever. You won't want to miss this diverse lineup of speakers and demonstrations certain to educate and entertain indoor and outdoor gardeners of all types.

Please join us for these amazing presentations at one of the best-valued and best-loved shows in the greater Chicagoland region.


Scott Beuerlein, Keynote Speaker – Two Seminars

Keynote Speaker, Scott Beuerlein, horticulturist at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, will show participants “How to Become A Better Gardener-Faster!” with tips and tricks from his many years as a gardener. Scott will follow up with "Season Extenders," plants that provide late fall, winter, and early spring beauty and that are so valuable to the gardener and to wildlife. This talk lists plants which provide exceptional beauty into those difficult months.

George Brenn

George Brenn is a Valparaiso, Indiana, based nursery and garden center entrepreneur, local television and radio host, and editor of Landscape Plants for Indiana. George will bring his expertise as an Indiana Master Plantsman and longtime nurseryman to the 2017 Gardening Show with his presentation, "Pruning 101: How Plants React to Pruning."

Dr. Peter Goldsbrough

Have you been eating modified organisms for decades? Find out what Dr. Peter Goldsbrough, a botany and plant pathology professor at Purdue, has to say as he presents "Genetically Modified Plants: Facts vs. Fiction."

Richard Hawke

Since 1986, Richard Hawke has been the Plant Evaluation Manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden and is responsible for the comparative evaluation of more than 1,100 taxa of herbaceous perennials and woody plants. Richard shares his love of perennials and shrubs in two presentations, "Top Performing Perennials for Chicagoland" and "Hydrangea Paniculata."

Mark O’Brien

Mark O'Brien is the Director of the Cardno Native Plant Nursery located in Walkerton, Indiana. In the native plant business for 17 years, Mark is an advocate of native plants. Learn about the benefits, design, installation and maintenance of natives in his talk, "A Focus on Midwestern Plants."

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

If you are a houseplant lover, Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, Certified Indoor Landscape Technician, Certified Green Industry Professional, Michigan Certified Nurseryman, published writer and speaker, should be your go-to speaker this year. She has hundreds of them in her home and sunroom, many over 30 years old. Her topics include "Succulents 101" and "Contained Tropicals in the Heartland."