Saturday, October 8

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Free. Pre-registration recommended.

Visitors Center Gallery




A recent trend in garden design has been interest in the “Autumn Garden”.  This is partly because the floral displays we plant in the Midwest for stunning spring and summer effect fade and wither away at the first kiss of cool weather.  The easy solution has always been to punch up visual interest with the overly gaudy and short-lived color of mums in what a good friend calls the “gum drop design”. Author and Director of Reiman Gardens, Ed Lyon, will demonstrate plant materials that not only define and create a spectacular fall garden but might extend winter interest as well.  If your autumn garden has the drabs, find out how to jazz it up!

Throughout Ed’s roles in public garden administration and hands-on experience in the green industry, he has been as passionate about education as he is about horticulture. He has inspired and taught public, student and professional audiences through lecturing, writing, and online classes through Spellbound Garden Writing & Consultation. He has written for many garden magazines and authored the book Growing the Midwest Garden (if you have a copy of his book, feel free to bring it with and Ed will happily sign it for you!). His strongest qualification is the dirt under his nails. He is a true plant geek who gardens intensely through a self-proclaimed mash-up of love of plant collecting with something that he hopes resembles design.


This program is made possible by the Pauline J. and John R. Cook Lecture Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.