For your added knowledge and enjoyment, Plantscape offers FREE seminars and special events throughout the year.  Presentations are made here at Plantscape in our seminar building located behind the garden center building.

The seminar building is also available for meetings at no charge. Contact us to arrange date and time.


Seminars & Events


“Attracting and Raising Purple Martins”

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m.  
Presented by Steve Gartside

     Local purple martin expert Steve Gartside from Tamaroa, Illinois, will present “Attracting and Raising Purple Martins” on Saturday, February 23, at 10:00 a.m. here at Plantscape.   Anyone wishing to attract purple martins or those with existing houses will learn valuable information such as migration, types of houses, how to attract purple martins, problems with predators, feeding habits, nest checking and support of the babies to fledgling.  Steve is a devoted birder with in-depth knowledge gained from over 20 years’ experience in attracting and raising purple martins. He currently cares for 250 pairs of purple martins in 14 houses. A slide presentation will be shown as he discusses his secrets for attracting this unique bird and shares his knowledge as a purple martin landlord.  Learn how you can also be a good landlord by joining us for this very informative seminar.  

    Call 942-4865 to register for this free seminar or email us at  so we will know how many people to expect.  Those attending may register to win free purple martin accessories to be given away after the seminar!
















March Seminar: “Introduction to Beekeeping”

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Presented by the Southern Illinois Beekeeping Association


March Seminar:

“Growing Fruits in Your Own Backyard”

 Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Sonja Lallemand, Horticulturist


April Seminar:  “Square Foot Gardening”

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.

Presented by Master Gardeners

Herb Klickner and George Turner



Pre-register by calling 942-4865 or email us at so we can reserve a seat for you for these free presentations.