This webinar is made possible by the Pauline J. and John R. Cook Lecture Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
The word “meadow” conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow — a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil — can be any size; plus, it’s fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. With as little as 50 square feet and for less than $20, gardeners can plant a colorful meadow that demands little in the way of space, mowing, or maintenance, uses less water than a traditional lawn, and provides habitat for pollinators — not to mention a natural exploration space for children.
From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, Mike will take attendees through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals, whether planting to beautify a hellstrip, halt erosion, fill a boggy spot, or establish a nesting area for bees and butterflies. Mike will discuss the keys to creating, caring for, and reaping the rewards of thriving meadows through the seasons, year after year.
Mike Lizotte, also known as ‘The Seed Man,’ has been slinging flower seeds for over 30 years! He’s had the pleasure of speaking to hundreds of thousands of gardeners from across the world, helping them grow the wildflower meadow of their dreams.
At the age of 13 he could be found packing seeds on the weekend as he continued honing his craft and love for wildflowers through his high school and college years. In 2009 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became owner and managing partner of American Meadows where he has worked his entire career.
He’s a published author, Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard, been featured on national tv shows such as Growing a Greener World, and been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of gardening articles through the years. He is a certified Master Gardener and sits on the board of various trade organizations such as the National Gardening Bureau (www.ngb.org) and the Home Garden Seed Association (www.ezfromseed.org).
When Mike isn’t talking all things flowers, he enjoys spending time with his wife Rachael and their daughter Sadie. He plays hockey, loves to fish and spend time outdoors.