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Truly Tough Shade Plants

Truly Tough Shade Plants

December 17, Thursday, 7pm EST


While plenty of wonderful plants will grow in the shade, many of them can be a bit finicky. And it always seems that the prettiest ones – the ones we want the most – are the most needy. But there are options out there for gardeners who want attractive shade plants that don’t need much maintenance to thrive. Join the hosts of the award-winning podcast, Let’s Argue About Plants, for a live event where they offer options for plants that are happy in shade – and look great, too. Danielle Sherry, executive editor of Fine Gardening and Steve Aitken, the editor-at-large, present an in-depth look at some amazing, tough plants for shade, offering tips on care, advice on placement, and even some design ideas. Joining Danielle and Steve will Andrew Brand, plant curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. If you want to learn how to spruce up your shade garden – and have a good time doing it – be sure to join us!

Presenter: Danielle Sherry, executive editor at Fine Gardening, and Steve Aitken, editor at large at Fine Gardening

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Danielle Sherry, executive editor at Fine Gardening

Steve Aitken, editor at large at Fine Gardening


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January 21, Thursday 7pm EST

New Plants That Are Showing Promise  

Presenter: Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois


February 18, Thursday 7pm EST

Seed-Starting Done Right

Presenter: Carol Collins, associate editor at Fine Gardening



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The Best Low-Maintenance Shrubs – Webinar

Many shrubs grow just fine without any help from you. But which ones do that, and also look amazing? Which ones have the coolest foliage, the prettiest blooms, or both? Join the hosts of the award-winning podcast Let’s Argue About Plants for a live event where they discuss the best low-care, high-impact shrubsfor your garden. Danielle Sherry, executive editor of Fine Gardening, and Steve Aitken, the editor at large, provide an in-depth look at several favorite shrubs and offer tips on care, advice on placement, and even some design inspiration for how to use these stars in your beds and borders. Joining Danielle and Steve with some expert insight on his favorite low-maintenance shrubs will be Paul Cappiello, executive director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky. Paul is a woody plant expert, frequent Fine Gardening contributor, and author of Dogwoods, the definitive guide on North America’s most beloved tree. If you’re looking to laugh, learn, and have an engagingly good time with some fellow plant nerds, sign up today!

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Getting Control of Insects, Weeds, and Diseases

November 19, 7pm EST

Insect pests, out-of-control diseases, and unrelenting weeds—these are the things that keep gardeners up at night. Most of us know that reaching for a spray bottle of toxic chemicals isn’t the answer, but what is the right way to combat these gardening nemeses? Dr. Jeff Gillman, director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and author of multiple books, including The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why, has spent his career studying cultural and chemical treatments for these gardening problems. In this webinar he will highlight which treatments work, which ones don’t, and which ones are too dangerous to consider. If you always thought an organic product like Bordeaux mix couldn’t be harmful, you might want to think again.

Presenter: Jeff Gillman, Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanic Gardens


Jeff Gillman has spent the better part of 30 years researching weed, disease, and insect pest management. He has a master’s degree in entomology and a Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Georgia. He is the author of five books on gardening and the environment and a well-respected contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine. Chances are you’ve seen Jeff lecturing across the country or possibly on gardening television shows like The Martha Stewart Show and Growing a Greener World. Before becoming the director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens in 2015, Jeff spent 15 years as an associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. When he’s not testing, trialing, and researching all things gardening, you’ll find Jeff searching for the best barbecue in town.

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