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Tours, walks

•"Greenhouse Tour: Spring Bedding Plants and More," 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 2. Meet at the Greenhouse. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road Wheaton. (630) 668-5161.

•"Garden Tour: Flowering Trees, Shrubs & Wildflowers," 9:30 a.m. April 6. Free. Meet at the Visitors Center. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road Wheaton. (630) 668-5161.

Seminars, workshops

•"Plant a Succulent Container Garden," 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 27. Plant your own succulent garden in a container of your choice. Cost: Materials only. The Growing Place, 1000 Montgomery Road, Aurora. (630) 820-8088 or

•"Blossoms for Easter Centerpiece Workshop," 6:30 p.m. March 31, Cantigny Park. $45. Register at or call (630) 260-8162. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road Wheaton. (630) 668-5161.

Expos, shows

•Midwest Gardening Symposium, March 5-7, Morton Arboretum. Horticulture and landscape design experts to discuss new plants, how to arrange artistically inspired beds and borders in a three-day seminar. Cost varies. For full details, click on "adult programs" under the "Education" heading at (630) 719-2468.

•Chicago Flower and Garden Show, March 6-14, Navy Pier. Theme "Cultivating Great Performances," pairs creative teams from Chicago theaters with garden professionals. Theme gardens include "Wicked," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Miss Saigon." Includes 25 gardens by top companies, 125 exhibitors, new plant exhibit, daytime and evening seminars, cooking demonstrations. Admission $15-$17; children are $5. Tickets can be purchased at Parking $14. (773) 435-1250.

•Chicagoland Home and Energy Expo, March 13-14. More than 150 home improvement booths, plus the Daily Herald House Walk. Special events include a healthy cooking show, home theater displays, ask-an-expert booths, moonwalks, crafts and games. Renaissance Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. To reserve space as a vendor, call (630) 469-4611. For other details, visit

•Spring Flower Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20. Celebrate the arrival of spring with more than 30 exhibitors, product demonstrations and free educational seminars. Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. (847) 369-1080.

Chicago Botanic Garden

The following activities are scheduled at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440 or

•"Old Masters and New Gardens - The Enduring Principles of Design," 2 p.m. today, Regenstein Center, Chicago Botanic Garden. Presented by Wisconsin Illinois Lily Society. Diamond is a senior staffer at Lurvey's Garden Center in Des Plaines, well-known for its garden designers, aquatic section and use of water in its landscape designs.

Garden clubs

•Garden Club of Inverness: The club meets January through May and September through November on the third Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. Call Beth at (847) 934-7929.

•Pottawatomie Garden Club: "Going Green in the Home Landscape," presented by Susan Grupp, University of Illinois Extension Environmental Science Educator, noon, Monday, Feb. 22, at St. Charles Library meeting room, 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. For more information, visit

•Naperville Garden Club: Feb. 24: "Tough and Lovely Plants for Dry Shade," by Todd Jacobsen, instructor for Morton Arboretum; follows business meeting and continental breakfast, which starts at 8:45 a.m. at White Eagle Golf Club. Cost for breakfast is $12 for members, $13 for guests. Reservations due Monday, Feb. 15; call Joyce at (630) 357-4022. Meetings first Thursday morning of month. Membership $25 for residents; $35 for nonresidents. Call Anita at (847) 277-7151.

Flea markets, antique shows

•Wolff's Indoor Flea Market, 1775 N. Rand Road, Palatine (old Menard's store), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $1, 50 cents for seniors and children ages 6 to 12. Call (847) 524-9590 or visit

•Grayslake Antique Market & Chicago Advertising Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Grayslake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Admission $6; free parking.

•Wheaton Antique Market & toy and comic show and sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester, Wheaton. Continues the third Saturday of the month through December 2010. Admission $5. Early buyer, $15, for admission starting at 6 a.m.